The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 102
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
has ever been that fortunate. In fact, one of the great purposes
served by publications such as the Writings of Sam Houston is
the discovery of materials in private hands which, under ordi-
nary circumstances, would never come to light. The increasing
cooperation of private collectors in this particular enterprise is
gratifying. Material of earlier date than the period covered
by each new volume is included in it; other new material is
inserted at the appropriate date. A thorough index at the end
will relieve the reader of undue inconvenience in using the com-
The high standard of editorial performance promised by
Volume I (reviewed in the Quarterly, XLII, 412-13) is main-
tained, even improved. Miss Williams's workmanlike and co-
pious notes give the needed information, both as to persons and
incidents, and the cross-referencing is well done. It is hardly
too much to say that The Writings of Sam Houston constitute
the nearest thing we have to a handbook of Texas (and to a
degree, United States) politics and biography for the period
covered. Happily, beginning with Volume IV, sketches of persons
listed in the Dictionary of American Biography are being in-
cluded in Miss Williams's notes. This is a distinct service to
students who do not have access to the D. A. B., and a conven-
ience to those who do.
Professor Barker's preface to each volume contains important
notes, as well as additions and corrections to notes included in
earlier volumes. Especially valuable are the addenda in Volume
II, based largely upon the indefatigable research of those two
authorities on the period of the Texan revolution, Mr. Harbert
Davenport and Professor William C. Binkley.
Quite apart from the obvious importance of the Houston
papers that appear in the Writings-and it should be empha-
sized that the aim is to include all available writings, whether
previously published or not-the work is an indispensable ref-
erence tool for the study of Southwestern and United States
history, made so by the illuminating notes. As such, it must be
standard equipment of libraries and private collections.
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