The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 376
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sight of by historians. On August 9, 1845, Lieutenant J. W. Abert
left Bent's Fort on the Arkansas River and on November 12
reached St. Louis. Abert's journal was published in Senate
Documents, 29th Congress, 1st Session. It has been edited
by H. Bailey Carroll in a most able manner. The editor's intro-
duction whets the desire to know about Abert. A possible ex-
plantation of the neglect of Abelt's journal is that historians
have been in the habit of following expeditions from east to
west. Abert went from the west to the east, and so almost
marched into oblivion. Some book collector could find himself
a niche by collecting American diaries and journals made by
people who traveled from west to east. It would be a small
collection, a view of the west in reverse. Copies of the Carroll
edition of the Abert Journal can be obtained by writing Editor
L. F. Sheffy, Canyon, Texas.
The exclusive Philosophical Society of Texas has issued its
Proceedings for 1941. It contains the annual address by Dr.
Eugene C. Barker, "Life in the Republic of Texas." It is unfor-
tunate that this article cannot be available to a wider audience.
The Book Auction will be held. It is scheduled for the spring
meeting, Friday, April 10, at 2:00 p. m. Because of the war, it
was thought at first that the Auction would not be held this
year. Book lovers, however, protested vigorously against the
proposed cancellation. As usual, therefore, some excellent items
will be available for bids. Some members of the Association
have suggested that an effort be made this year to collect and
auction current books, with the Association's sending such cur-
rent items to army camps in the successful bidder's name. If
this suggestion is meritorious, the Association will be glad to see
that current books supplied by members will be appropriately
placed in the hands of soldiers.
Regular monthly meetings of local historical associations
indicate unusual interest and vitality. For over two years the
San Antonio Historical Association, perhaps as an outgrowth
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942, periodical, 1942; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146053/m1/418/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.