The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 38, July 1934 - April, 1935 Page: 154
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
after all, the Dictionary is not a reading book, but a reference book,
to which historians, teachers, students, newspaper writers and
others will go for facts-and most of them will not be greatly con-
cerned about the literary flavor of what they read. In addition to
information presented in the sketches, each sketch is followed by a
bibliographical note listing the chief sources and authorities upon
which the sketch is based.
The two volumes here noticed contain more than 1300 sketches.
Major characters included are Presidents Monroe and Pierce,
Gouverneur and Robert Morris, S. F. B. Morse, J. L. Motley, J. P.
Morgan, D. H. Page, Thomas Paine, Francis Parkman, William
Penn, and Charles Sanders Peirce-"most original and versatile of
America's philosophers and America's greatest logician." Texas
figures treated in these two volumes are Robert Mills, Roger Q.
Mills, Thomas Volney Munson, R. S. Neighbors, Elisabet Ney and
her husband, Edmund D. Montgomery, George Fleming Moore,
Philip Nolan, William S. Oldham, E. B. Parker, and E. M. Pease.
One does not read all the articles in an encyclopaedia at a sitting,
nor has the present reviewer read all of the sketches in these two
volumes. Among the articles read, the most notable appears to be
Professor Perkins's re-appraisal of James Monroe, particularly his
emphasis upon Monroe's responsibility for the "doctrine" that bears
his name and upon his authorship of what came to be its most
important declaration-the warning against European interference
in the political movements of the Americas. One notes an error,
though one of no consequence, in the sketch of David H. Moffat;
tourists acquainted with the Rocky Mountains National Parks area
know that the Moffat tunnel does not penetrate Long's Peak. One
learns from the sketch of Professor Simon N. Patten that R. G.
Tugwell was one of his admiring students and disciples in the
Wharton School of Finance-a significant fact to one who knows
something of Patten. Two other observations suggest themselves
to the reviewer: (1) Lest it be inferred that the later volumes
of the Dictionary wholly eschew pithy characterizations, note this
summary of the founder of a well known sect: "He has been
variously considered a fool, a knave and a seer, and was perhaps a
little of all three." And (2) the preparation and publication of
the Dictionary has been facilitated by, if not wholly dependent
upon, a gift of $500,000 from the New York Times Company and
its president, Mr. Adolph S. Ochs. Perhaps this little beneficence
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