The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 13
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Lester Gladstone Bugbee
and History of England." The list is significant in showing the
range of his preparation. His principal work was with Osgood,
the great authority on the history of the English colonies in
America during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Osgood assigned him, for his thesis, a history of the disposition
of Loyalist estates confiscated by Massachusetts during the
Revolutionary War. It was a subject wholly outside his normal
range of interest, and, for lack of time, he never completed it,
but Osgood was satisfied with his industry and ability in carry-
ing on the investigation and made repeated efforts, down to
the eve of Bugbee's death, to arrange for the publication of the
incomplete notes. He proposed them to the Massachusetts
Historical Society, to the Columbia Studies in Political Science
and History, and to the American Historical Association.
Herbert B. Adams, of Johns Hopkins University, then Secretary
of the Association, wrote February 10, 1899: "It is a pity to
have such good work wasted and I am inclined to think that
you can elaborate it before Dec. 1899 in such form as to do
yourself and the Association credit." But time was a commodity
that Bugbee did not have. More interesting, and actually more
important, fields were opening for him, as we shall see. One
of several unfinished chores when he left the University for
the last time in the summer of 1901 was shipment of these
papers to Professor Osgood. By his request, I sent them to
him at El Paso, and I presume that he sent them to Osgood.
The quality of Bugbee's success at Columbia is seen in an
appraisal that Osgood wrote in 1895 in a letter recommending
him for appointment in the University of Texas. With remark-
able insight and judgment, he said: "For a year and a half
he has been under my instruction both in the lecture room and
the seminarium, and from the knowledge I have there obtained
of him I can truthfully say that he possesses scholastic powers
of a high order. He has unusual keenness of insight and
power of generalization. He works his way easily through a
mass of details. His style is good, whether in written or oral
discourse. The practical or topical work which he has presented
has been well arranged and given in a clear and interesting
manner. He has uniformly given the impression that he has
a clear cut mind and a combination of qualities which leads
one to believe that he will attain success in the higher walks
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