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up, as a memorial to their father, the collection of Southern
historical materials. . . . Since 1930 he had secured for this
collection more than 25,000 books and pamphlets, 83,000 news-
papers, and 300,000 manuscripts." (Historical Papers of the
Trinity College Historical Society, Series xxii. Durham, N. C.:
Duke University Press, 1938, pages 17, 19.)
Among the rarities in the George Washington Flowers Memo-
rial Collection are ninety original enrolled acts of the last session
of the Confederate Congress, most of them unpublished, and a
manuscript volume entitled "Register of Acts of the Confederate
States of America." This Register gives in chronological order
and number the title of each act and resolution, together with
the dates of passage and approval.
A brief Foreword by Professor Charles S. Sydnor states that
Professor Boyd had planned to publish these laws and that
after his death Duke University undertook "to perform in Pro-
fessor Boyd's name this service to scholarship which he him-
self did not live to accomplish." Dr. Charles W. Ramsdell of
The University of Texas was selected to carry on.
The work here reviewed is the result. Patriotic and generous
philanthropists enabled Professor Boyd to rescue these impor-
tant, unique sources of Southern history. They were not com-
plete, but careful, intelligent, persistent search by the editor
has produced a work that may well be described as definitive.
The ninety enrolled acts in the Flowers Collection have been
supplemented by the text of one hundred and seven other acts,
thus leaving the text of only one act of this session unaccounted
A fight for life determined for Congress the subjects of
legislation: increase and support of the army and taxes. The
Trans-Mississippi Department required special treatment.
Among the acts is a joint resolution "to inquire and examine
into the transactions of the Cotton Bureau and Cotton Office
in the Trans-Mississippi Department."
Thirty-eight secret acts and resolutions of former sessions
of the Confederate Congress were not published. Duke Uni-
versity has five of these in enrolled form. Dr. Ramsdell searched
for and found the text of thirty others. They are included in
Part II of this volume.
The Bibliographical Note makes two useful contributions.
The law providing for printing the acts of the Confederate
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