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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
the company from the New York Historical Society. The case
history is followed by an extensive explanation; this commentary
and the annotations on the Darlington papers which follow
it comprise 280 pages, truly an excellent piece of historical
research. Practically all names of persons and places mentioned in
the documents are discussed to the fullest, although there are
minor errors based on a liberal use of William M. Darlington's
1893 edition of Christopher Gist's journals, which volume covers
some of the material presented here.
In addition to the excellent editorial work as shown in the
commentary and annotations, there are a complete bibliography,
index, and chronological table of documents, all of which make
the locating of any information an easy task. Mrs. Mulkearn, the
librarian of the Darlington Library, has obviously put a great
amount of work into this volume over the last half dozen years,
since it is a tremendous improvement as an editorial contribution
over her earlier attempt, a reprint of Thomas Pownall's 1776
description of North America; that volume was an excellent pub-
lishing job that required little editorial work.
The only criticism to be made of the book, and it is perhaps an
unnecessary one, is of the repetition of documents, some of which
are presented in virtually the same form three and four times.
This is especially true of the journals of Christopher Gist and the
company instructions to him, many of the assorted letters to and
from the Mercers and others, and many of the Ohio Company
resolutions. The editor has, however, cut out some of the repe-
tition of documents, which was even more prevalent in the orig-
inal collection. In addition to this repetition within the book,
many of these papers have been published elsewhere, although
not in so easily available or compact a collection. Mrs. Mulkearn's
work is not meant to be a complete collection of either the Mercer
or Ohio Company papers, since there are others in various li-
braries that are not printed here.
This volume will undoubtedly be welcomed by all research
historians interested in the early trans-Appalachian area, the social
history of Virginia, Indian affairs about 175o, and the business
and political implications of the Ohio Company's activities.
DAVID B. TRIMBLE
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