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THE VIRGINIA MAGAZINE OF HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, January, 1903, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 225-335+10 pp. of membership list, quarterly, $5.00 yearly, $1.50 a copy, Richmond, Va.
Contents: 1. Va. newspapers in public libraries (4 pp., con'td); 2. Slave owners, Westmoreland County, Va., 1782 (7 pp., 410 names, 4,536 slaves, 136 carriage wheels); 3. House of burgesses, 1683, 1684 (3 pp. of names not in the Colonial Va. Register); 4. Henry County, 1776-1800 (2 pp., con’td mainly items of payments); 5. Abridgement of Va. laws, 1694 (13 pp., concluded, dealing with tanners, tobacco culture, wolf bounty, weights and measures, formation of new counties); 6. Pioneer days in Alleghany County, by W. A. McAllister (4 pp., Indian fights, a Va. heroine; pleasant reading, but not scientific history as no references); 7. List of tithables in Northampton Co., Va., 1666 (5 pp., 424 names; 372 white, 52 negro; estimated population of 1272); 8. Va. in 1636-8 (10 pp., showing how Va. was loyal to Charles I. because her people were busy and prosperous); 9. John Brown letters (10 pp. show feeling at the time); 10. Ferrar papers (8 pp., 2 letters from Governor Yeardley, 1621, and one from John Pory; bearing on Va. matters, tho not of much significance); 11. Va. gleanings in England (4 pp., notes made by H. G. Waters when engaged on New England genealogies); 12. Va. militia in Revolution (3 pp., accounts); 13. Letters of William Proctor (13 pp., 2 letters, 1739, 1740, when he was librarian at Westover; chiefly private interest); 14. Genealogy (11 pp., Brooke, Herndon, Cocke, Gray, Bowie, Robb, RoBards, Farrar, Lindsay, Mirror families) ; 15. Notes and Queries (14 pp.) ; 16. Reviews (11 pp.; 7 pages on Curtis's True Jefferson which is aptly characterized as the “irruption of yellow journalism into biography;" with wealth of knowledge, reviewer shows up Curtis's ignorance and recklessness).
WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE QUARTERLY, January, 1903, Vol. II., No. 3, pp. 149-216, $3.00 yearly, $1.00 singly, Williamsburg, Va.
Contents: 1. Finances of the College in 1755-1765 (4 pp., copy of original accounts of William and Mary College); 2. Letter book of Francis Jerdone (8 pp., business, local gossip of Va. Colony 1748-1751, by this Scotch merchant who, born 1730, came over 1746, died 1771); 3. Governor Nicholson to the Board of Trade (8 pp., Feb. 4, 1699, official account of matters); 4. Old letters from Va. Co. records (4 PP., 3 letters, 2 1652, one 1705; chiefly personal matters); 5. Walls of the College (6 pp., 4 letters to prove that original walls of William and Mary College building still remain); 6. Journal of Alexander Macaulay (11 pp., lively account, sharp comment, keen observation, of trip from Louisa Co., Va., to Yorktown in 1783); 7. Early tombs (4 pp., inscriptions of Ball family, 18th century); 8. Journal of Col. James Gordon (11 pp., 1760, daily happenings); 9. Genealogical matter (9 pp., Lee, Heath, Miller, Martin, Guerant, Eustace, Brooke, Burton families); 10. Notes (3 pp.).
THE WEST VIRGINIA HISTORICAL MAGAZINE, January, 1903, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 93, quarterly, $1.00 yearly, 25 cts. singly, Charleston, W. Va.
Contents: 1. Frontier Counties of W. Va., by W. S. Laidley (15 pp., almost entirely on statutory formation of them); 2. Dunmore War, by E. O. Randall (22 pp., an account of battle of Point Pleasant in 1774, extracted from Randall's pamphlet on the Dunmore War; effort to be rhetorical, nothing scientific); 3. Records relating to the Van Metre, Dubois, Shepard, Hite and allied families, by S. G. Smyth (11 pp., partly from church records tho sources not clearly indicated); 4. Early settlement of Friends in the Valley of Virginia, by K. Brown (5 pp., on church records, tho not explicit); 5. Our Scotch-Irish Ancestors, by J. L. Miller (7 pp., based on such secondary sources as Hanna, Wise, Fiske; strung on poor rhetoric); 6. Chronological sketch of Colonel David Shepherd, by H. M. Foster (12 pp., references frightfully indefinite, as "court records," "land records,” “Shepherd MSS.” [5 vols. of these]); 7. Rev. James Moore Brown, by W. T. Price (14 pp., glowing rhetoric, weak history).
The Editor, W. S. Laidley, appeals (3 pp.) with State Legislature for “a more hearty appropriation” for enlarging the museum already begun, and for more publishing. The cost only of printing the magazine is now borne by the State, but greater means are needed for gathering and arranging material.
THE TRANSALLEGHENY HISTORICAL MAGAZINE, October, 1902, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 72, quarterly, $2.00 yearly, 50 cents singly, Morgantown, W. Va.
Contents: 1. Pioneer Settlements on the western waters (29 pp., records of land grants, 1765-1781 chiefly); 2. Merrimac-Monitor battle, by S. T. Brooke (12 pp. "personal recollections,” no important facts added; impartial criticisms of several accounts); 3. Point Pleasant, by D. A. M'Culloch (13 pp., sketchy essay on chief events and persons of this town on site of famous battle of October 10, 1774); 4. Early marriage licenses in Monongalia county (7 PP., dates of 1794-1802, only a few before 1796 as most of records burned then); 5. Early orchards in West Virginia, by Hu. Maxwell (6 pp., that Washington planned an apple orchard on his Ohio river land in 1773, but perhaps first orchard started by Jacob Westfall about 1772).
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL MAGAZINE, January, 1903, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 104, quarterly, $3.00 yearly, 85 cents singly, Nashville, Tenn.
Contents: 1. William Blount and the old Southwest territory, by A. V. Goodpasture (12 pp., essay only, no references); 2. Genesis of the Peabody College, by W. R. Garrett (12 pp., detailed narrative based on sources); 3. Madison County, by J. G. Cisco (22 pp., style of average county history, part mere tradition, part valuable recollections, but no line of distinction between the two); 4. Preservation of Tennessee history, by R. A. Halley (15 pp., the most eloquent appeal for State aid to historical preservation that can be made as it is a realistic story of the vandalistic destruction of original material by the public officials in their dense ignorance; urges that example of Alabama be followed); 5. Development of education in Tennessee, by H. M. Doak (26 pp., address in 1880 for centennial celebration; good popular presentation, hence not scientific history); 6. From Bardstown to Washington in 1805 (10 pp., diary, author unknown but evidently intelligent, close observer, pleasant incidents, valuable facts).
THE SOUTH CAROLINA HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL MAGAZINE, January, 1903, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 82, $3.00 yearly, $1.00 singly, Charleston, S. C.
Contents: 1. Papers of the 2d Council of Safety (23 pp., mostly financial accounts, with some letters from Laurens, Pinckney, Brisbane-dates 1775, 1776); 2. Letters from
, —)2 Henry Laurens to son (9 pp., 3 letters of 1764; half private advice, half public affairs with comment; such as "the New England men
will not tamely receive the Yoke"); 3. Descendants of Colonel William Rhett, by B. B. Heyward (38 pp., genealogy); Notes (8 pp.).
QUARTERLY OF THE TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL AssociaTION, January, 1903, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 169-203, $2.00 yearly, 50 cents singly, Austin, Texas.
Contents: 1. Tampico expedition, by E. C. Barker (18 Pp., from the sources of a fruitless filibustering expedition in 1835 against Mexico); 2. Tiendade Cuervo's Ynspeccion of Laredo, 1757, translated by H. E. Bolton (17 pp., official document of 1757 from the Mexico archives, historically, geographically and industrially describing the Spanish settlement of Laredo founded on north bank of lower Rio Grande in 1755); 3. Reminiscences of C. C. Cox, 2d paper (32 pp. of interesting and valuable material on pioneer Texas days, and writer's experiences in Civil War: high opinion of Mexicans; thought that “a married man has no business in the army”); 4. Reminiscences of early Texans (18 pp., written in 1857 by J. H. Kykendall for Judge Bell, and preserved by G. M. Bryan, now in Austin collection; relate to Horatio Chriesman, Joel W. Robinson (Robison), Thomas M. Duke; all dealing mostly with Indian raids); 5. Reviews and notices (10 pp.).
In the American Historical Review for January Mr. George Henry Alden has a study on the State of Franklin. He has brought to his investigation some seemingly unused sources for Franklin history in the Pennsylvania Packet, the Maryland Gazette and the Maryland Journal, but would have attained still better results had he used the later volumes of the North Carolina State Records where the official documents in the matter are collected for the first time. Mr. Alden is in error in stating on p. 275 that General Joseph Martin “evidently had a good deal of sympathy” with the new State. The fact is that until it was found that the act was offensive to North Carolina, Martin's sympathies were with the new State, but as soon as the opposition of North Carolina was known he steadfastly