The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 30, July 1926 - April, 1927 Page: 157
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Sears has given us a well-balanced and well-written account of
an unusual man of whom too little was known. Except for the
Louisiana newspapers, which he seems to have neglected gener-
ally, he has done as well as could be expected with his resources.
Probably there will be general agreement with his own estimate
of his contribution-that the most important part is that which
reveals "Slidell's connection with Buchanan and the large share
which he personally had in the election of 1856 and in the sub-
sequent policies of Buchanan." If, however, Senator Slidell's
influence upon the administration is to be measured by the evi-
dences he adduced, it was strangely empty of result. Through-
out the book the author has maintained an admirable attitude
of critical detachment. While he has never hesitated to point
out faults, he has shown full appreciation of the man's finer
qualities, and he has fairly proven Slidell's right to be classed
among the distinguished Americans.
The format of the book is excellent. The bibliography, though
brief, is useful and the index is good. In publishing this and
other books on Southern history which it has lately announced,
the Duke University Press is performing a great service not only
to the South but to the nation as a whole.
CHAS. W. RAMSDELL.
The Life and Papers of Frederick Bates. Edited by Thomas
Maitland Marshall, Ph. D., Secretary of the Missouri His-
torical Society and Professor of History in Washington
University. Two volumes. IX, 346, 343. (Missouri
Historical Society, St. Louis, 1926.)
The publication of these two handsome volumes is made possi-
ble by the William Keeney Bixby Fund. They contain, says the
editor, all that is of "interest to the public" in the collection of
Bates's manuscripts owned by the Missouri Historical Society.
Frederick Bates was one of that numerous class of cultured Vir-
ginians who in the closing decade of the eighteenth and the first
quarter of the nineteenth century identified their fortunes with
the western frontier. In 1797, at the age of twenty, he became
connected with the quartermaster's department of the army of
the Northwest, with headquarters at Detroit. Thereafter he held
various important offices in Michigan Territory-deputy post-
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