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Richmond house of Chief Justice John Marshall, in which case it will be preserved as a memorial and a museum of relics connected with his life.
Mr. Virgil A. Lewis, state historian and archivist, has published in a volume entitled How West Virginia was Made (Charleston, Public Printer, pp. 337, xii) the proceedings of the first convention of the people of Northwestern Virginia, at Wheeling, May 13-15, 1861, and the journal of the second Wheeling convention, June 11-25, August 6-21, 1861, with an historical introduction and with an annalistic appendix.
The June issue of the John P. Branch Historical Papers contains short biographies of Edmund Ruffin (1794-1865), Dr. W. H. Ruffner (1824-1908), and General Robert B. Taylor (1774-1834). Ruffin is known chiefly as an agricultural leader and writer but also wrote some political pamphlets; Ruffner is distinguished as the father of Virginia's public free-school system, and Taylor was a brigadier-general in the War of 1812 and an active member of the Virginia convention of 1829. The biographies are by Henry G. Ellis, E. L. Fox, and W. B. Elliott, respectively.
The important article in the South Carolina Historical Magazine for July is the Loyalist Colonel Robert Gray's Observations on the War in Carolina, written in 1782.
Charles H. Coe of Langdon, D. C., is the author and publisher of Red Patriots: the Story of the Seminoles.
Before his death Professor John R. Ficklen had written a History of Reconstruction in Louisiana, which has now been brought out as one of the Johns Hopkins University Studies in History and Political Science. The history begins with 1858 and closes with 1868.
A volume on the history of the Republic of Texas, preliminary to an elaborate history of the Mexican War, will be published this autumn by Professor Justin H. Smith, formerly of Dartmouth University.
"Recognition of the Republic of Texas by the United States” is the title of a study by Ethel Z. Rather, which occupies the pages of the January number of the Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association. In addition to printed materials the author has used the Austin papers in possession of the University of Texas, the diplomatic correspondence of the Republic of Texas, manuscript and printed, the Jackson and Van Buren papers in the Library of Congress, and some others. The study does not profess to be complete but it has been prepared with care and unifies much scattered material. To the April number of the same periodical Dr. Eugene C. Barker contributes a valuable paper on " Stephen F. Austin and the Independence of Texas", prepared principally from manuscript sources. The same number prints three accounts of the Bexar and Dawson prisoners, edited by E. W. Winkler.
The pages of the April-June issue of the Quarterly Publication of the Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio are occupied with selections from the papers of Oran Follett in possession of the society. At the time when these letters were written (1830-1833) Follett was editor of the Buffalo Daily Journal, and among his correspondents were Azariah C. Flagg, Joseph Hoxie, Duff Green, and Henry Clay. The letters are of considerable political interest.
The July issue of the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Quarterly contains a number of articles of general interest. The reminiscences of Thomas Rogers, a pioneer of Ohio, edited by Clement L. Martzolff, occupy a prominent place; Professor Benjamin F. Prince contributes a paper on Joseph Vance and his times; General H. B. Carrington writes of General Winfield Scott's visit to Columbus in 1852; V. B. C. Love gives a sketch of Russell Bigelow, the pioneer pulpit orator; and E. O. Randall writes an account of Washington's Ohio lands.
Professor Harlow Lindley has in preparation a preliminary report on the public archives of the state of Indiana.
In the Indiana Quarterly Magazine of History for June is a contribution by Julia S. Conklin on The Underground Railroad in Indiana". There is also a bibliography of town and city histories in the Indiana State Library, by Lillian E. Henley, and an index of historical articles in Indiana newspapers, March to May, 1910, by Florence Venn.
In a pamphlet on The Scotch-Irish Presbyterians in Monroe County, Indiana (pp. 88), published by the Indiana Historical Society as number 8 of its fourth volume, Professor James A. Woodburn treats specifically of the psalm-singing Presbyterians of Bloomington and the immediate vicinity. His remarks on the classification of the Scotch-Irish, and indeed his whole pamphlet, bear marks of thought and of general historical knowledge which raise it much above the level common to publications of the sort, and give to his account of these Presbyterians, their characteristics, and their practices in church and state, a quality much beyond the annalistic.
Three Wisconsin Cushings: a Sketch of the Lives of Howard B., Alonzo H., and William B. Cushing. Children of a Pioneer Family of Waukesha County (pp. xiv, 109), by Theron Wilber Haight, is a recent issue of the Wisconsin History Commission. All three brothers performed gallant services in the Civil War, two of them in the army, the other (William B. Cushing) in the navy. The interest of the volume is largely personal and local, yet the record of three careers of such worth in a single family gives to these sketches something of a general interest.
The April number of the Annals of Iowa includes a paper on the trial of John Brown, read by George E. Caskie before the Virginia State Bar Association in 1909, and an account by Captain W. A. Duck
worth of the escape of some Iowa soldiers from the Confederate prison at Shreveport, Louisiana.
In the April number of the Missouri Historical Review J. M. Greenwood concludes his papers on Colonel Robert T. Van Horn, and F. A. Sampson contributes a bibliography of Missouri state publications for 1908 and 1909. In the July number Thomas J. Bryant gives an account of “Bryant's Station and its Founder, William Bryant ", Herman C. Smith discourses on “Mormon Troubles in Missouri”, and G. C. Broadhead writes concerning the Santa Fé Trail. Miss Minnie Organ's “History of the County Press” is concluded in the same issue.
The Missouri Historical Society has received as a gift from Mrs. Henry Kayser a collection of 54 letters written to the late Henry Kayser in the years 1838–1846, by Robert E. Lee, who had been associated with him in engineering work upon St. Louis harbor. The letters will be published in book form, edited by Hon. Shepard Barclay.
The Arkansas Historical Association will issue the third volume of its publications in January. Some of the most important chapters will be: A History of the Constitution of 1836, by Jessie Turner; Legal Status of Slaves in Arkansas prior to the Civil War, by Judge Jacob Treber; Life of Chester Ashley, by Judge U. M. Rose; and articles on Indian Trails in Arkansas, and on the old military roads.
A paper by Frederick V. Holman entitled “Oregon Counties: their Creations and the Origins of their Names” forms the principal contents of the March issue of the Quarterly of the Oregon Historical Society. The history includes accounts of the earlier territorial districts.
The library of the Leland Stanford University has acquired the Jarboe collection of books and pamphlets relating to the French Revolution, chiefly of the period from 1789 to 1793. The collection consists of about 2500 titles, amounting to about 3000 volumes, and is composed almost wholly of original material.
The United States Consulate in California, by R. W. Kelsey, appears among the publications of the Academy of Pacific Coast History. The monograph is the story of the consulate under T. 0. Larkin, appointed in 1844, the only appointee who ever actually served.
The Historical Society of Southern California is soon to have a substantial building of its own at Los Angeles.
In the series of Bulletins of the Canadian Archives, no. 2, now in press, is an inventory of the 1847 volumes and 350 portfolios of the military documents (C series), prepared by Lieut.-Col. Cruikshank. No. 6 will be the journal of John McDonald, agent of the Northwest Company about 1794, upon a journey to Qu'Appelle.
"Inventaire Chronologique des Cartes, Plans, Atlas, relatifs à la Nouvelle-France et à la Province de Québec, 1508-1908 ”, by Dr. N. E.
Dionne, constitutes the Proceedings and Transactions of the Royal Historical Society of Canada, third series, volume Ll., part II. More than 1200 items are listed, prefaced by a valuable introduction, seventeen pages in extent.
The third report of the archivist of the province of Ontario, Mr. Alexander Fraser, consists of the minutes of the Land Board of the Western District; the fourth, of the proclamations of the governors of Upper Canada. The fifth will be a large illustrated volume by Father Arthur Jones, S. J., on the Huron and the Indian village sites visited by the early missionaries; the sixth will probably reproduce in facsimile, with notes, the archaeological and ethnological books left in manuscript by Father Potier, the missionary.
The March and April issue of Revista Bimestre Cubana contains, besides a continuation of “Historia de la Sociedad Económica de Amigos del Pais de la Habana", a paper by Fernando Ortiz entitled “ Las Rebelliones de las Afro-Cubanos " and a list, printed from a manuscript in the Biblioteca del Conde de Fernandina, of the Spanish ships lost during the wars with England in the eighteenth century.
Under the title Mi Mando en Cuba, vol. I. (Madrid, Rojas, pp. 496) Captain-General Weyler tells with much frankness and with the text of many important documents the story of his governorship of Cuba.
E. P. Dutton and Company expect to issue during the autumn The Buccaneers in the West Indies in the Seventeenth Century, by C. H. Haring. It is understood that the author has made extensive use of documents preserved in London and Paris which have not before been used in the treatment of this subject.
Noteworthy articles in periodicals: C. R. Fish, American History in Roman Archives (Catholic World, August); S. G. Morley, The Correlation of Maya and Christian Chronology (American Journal of Archaeology, April-June); E. Daenell, Zu den deutschen Handelsunternehmungen in Amerika im 16. Jahrhundert (Historische Vierteljahrschrift, XIII. 2); H. U. Williams, The Epidemic of the Indians of New England, 1616–1620, with Remarks on Native American Infections (Johns Hopkins Hospital Bulletin, November, 1909); W. T. Laprade, Newspapers as a Source for the History of American Slavery (South Atlantic Quarterly, July); R. B. Falkner, American Relations with Liberia, 1822–1910 (American Journal of International Law, July); D. Y. Thomas, Banking in the Territory of Florida (South Atlantic Quarterly, July).