The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 73, July 1969 - April, 1970 Page: 54
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Back from New England, on October 3, Jameson wrote:
Just as I arrived at this point in my letter they bring me your very
welcome letter of September 24th. It is possible the express parcel has
arrived, but this is my first morning at the office after three months' ab-
sence, and I am not yet able to report its arrival. Meantime, I thank you
most cordially for all the solid and intelligent labor you have expended
upon the matter, during all this time, and amid difficulties of which I
know, and doubtless others of which I am unaware. I feel that the arrival
of so notable a book makes a very auspicious opening of my new year in
Before this letter was sealed, Jameson's assistants set a large package
on his desk. He added, in ink: "It just came."
Then, curiously, the "shoe shifts to the other foot." It is Jameson
and his office who stall the completion of the project. On January 1,
1911, he writes, apologetically, "It is painful to me to have to confess
how little progress I have made in going over your manuscript
for the printer." He explained that two other books had come in
before Bolton's, and they, he felt, deserved precedence. Further, he
noted that his office was shorthanded, since Miss Davenport was
still in England and Leland in France. Similar notes ran through
the next months.
Another summer came, but this one brought Bolton welcome news.
Writing from Maine on July 11, 1911, Jameson reported that the
work of editing the volume was finally underway:
Finally, I wish, upon careful examination of the first half of the book,
to express my very strong sense of its remarkable merits in respect to both
planning and general composition on the one hand, and to execution on
the other. You have supplied future investigators with an enormous
amount of useful materials, and very accurately, I must believe from the
pains evidently taken, and they will be grateful to you, and so am I.
I shall be distinctly proud of the volume, and wish to congratulate myself
on having been able to get you to do it.
Publication, however, was still two years and some months away.
When Bolton received this July, 1911, letter from Jameson, he
was teaching the summer session at Berkeley and looking forward
to joining the University of California faculty in the fall. It was
on the Berkeley campus, from his office close by the Bancroft
Library, moved now from its former location on the top floor of
old California Hall to more spacious quarters in the recently opened
Doe Library, that Bolton replied to the many editorial queries of
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