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& sd that there was A Time for her to die & that was her Time & Itt was Come. And on the Third day of the weeke as I was standing by her to see her last end shee Called mee by my name And sd I am Gone. I Answered & sd I thought shee would Goe to God, shee Answered with A Chearfull & a smilling Countenance I doe not doubt that And sd Rememb' my love to All friends & unto my Children And tell them that they fear god And love one Another And keep to meetings And then itt will bee well with them And bad mee send for my Eldest Brothers wife to whome when shee Came and severall of my Brothers shee sd to them that they weare Come now to see her Last End And att 6 of the clock att night shee died in Remarkable Quietness the 7 day of the 10 mo in the year 1708 haveing Lived About 66 years And survived my father 9 yeares lacking eighteen houres And was Buried the 11 day of the aforesd mo
Ben” Jordan Testimony Concer his Mothre.
Iff the Righteous bee had in Everlasting Remembrance And thot noe man shutt A Door In the house of the Lord nor Kindle a fire upon his Altar in vain nor Give A Cup of Cold water to A disciple of X* In the name of A Disciple butt shall have a Plentifull Reward att the hand of the Pure Rightious Liveing Eternall God how then shall they Bee wrapt up in Eternall Joy And Consolation as the Recompence of the Just that hath served the Lord with their All opening their doores & heartes to faithful messengers & living minesters of our Lord And Saviour Jesus X* doeing what they doe as unto God & not unto Man knowing that of him they have their Reward amongst the number of those servants of the Lord And Church of Xt was our well Esteemed and serviceable friend Margaret Jordan deceased one whoe fullfilled that saying Cast your Bread upon the waters for After Many daies you shall find Itt noe Question of her Reaping of the fruits of her Labours haveing her mind steadfastly Bent to doe good in her day shee Continued In Great service unto the Church untill her last In this Low woreld And being Taken from her service hear as well as from All trouble that did or might Attend her Earthly Pilgrimage shee is Entred Into that Rest & Peace that Time will never wear out but weare shee will have a Plentifull & A Peaceable Reward & as Itt was Comended to the Church as vertues Xt of God Comanding to minester to the saints to wash their feet And dillegently to follow every Good worke wch service I doe desire may bee studied By All that In the Eyes of God will bee more Esteemed & Render men more happy as they dilligently follow every Good work then all woreldly Honnours Can Render them Nanzemond the 29 of the 3 mo 1709
Joseph Glaister" [Most of a page cut out. The entries of births of five persons of Nansemond having been thereon.
Seesed of Joshua Jordan for Preists tiths as followeth seised January ye 29th of m' Joshua Jordan ninety pounds of Tobbo for the minnisters Dues for ye year 1717 by George Narsworthy Sheriff.
Seised Jan' the 29th 1717 by vertue of an Execution bareing date ye 22th Day of may 1715 of m' Joshua Jordan two hundred fourty six and my fees twenty pounds of Tobbco it being for minnisters Dues upon account of Andrew Woodley by me
George Narsworthy Shr.
REVIEWS AND NOTICES.
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL AssoCIATION FOR THE YEAR 1901. O. vol I, pp. 583, II, 360. Washington: Gov. Pr. Office, 1902.
This Report appears in more convenient form than has been the case with earlier ones. Volume one is given up to the papers presented at the annual meeting held in Washington in Dec., 1901. The second volume presents Phillip's paper on Georgia and State Rights and the report of the Public Archives Commission for 1901. Only two parts of the report of this Commission concern the South. Dr. Bassett makes a supplemental report reciting the statutory provisions governing the publication and distribution of public documents in North Carolina. As was pointed out in the January number of these Publications the inaccuracy and vagueness of the first part of this report, the haziness of his statements and the lack of knowledge everywhere displayed by this writer when he undertakes bibliographical matters vitiate anything that he may say in this field and mark all his work of the kind as worthless.
Mr. Eugene C. Barker makes a preliminary report on the public manuscript archives of Texas. He divides the records into three classes: Colonial (to 1836), Republican (1836-45), and State. The colonial records include the archives of Bexar, now in possession of the University of Texas; the Austin Papers recently given to the same institution by the late Guy M. Bryan; the archives of Nacogdoches, now in the State Library; the Land Office Records; the archives of Mexico, in the City of Mexico; the archives of Saltillo, in Saltillo, which was the capital of the Mexican state of Coahuila and Texas, both of these containing much unexploited material on Texas, and the archives of the diocese of San Antonio.
Of interest in this connection is the paper of Professor George P. Garrison printed in the first volume on "Southwestern history in the Southwest.” This paper deals mainly with the work of the University of Texas and of the Texas State Historical Association, with the great mass of valuable documentary materials stored there and with the work of a few of the leading students.
There is no doubt more historical activity in Texas an in any other section of the Southwest, but a richer or more romantic field could hardly be found than New Mexico. Moreover there are some signs of an awakening interest in things historical in that section, but it is as yet largely without intelligent direction. The New Mexico Historical Society with headquarters at Santa Fé has quite a large collection, mostly archaeological in character. It has also many books, pamphlets and newspapers published in or about the Territory since the beginning of the American domination, but they are poorly housed, ill arranged and sadly neglected. The same may be said in general of the manuscript archives of the Territory. These are many in number and rich and valuable in their contents, but with a few exceptions they do not extend back of the Pueblo Rebellion of 1680. Their neglect under some former administrations was shameful in the extreme. The one act of the administration of Governor Pile (1869-71) which gives him an unenviable remembrance is that he actually sold these precious records at so many cents a pound to the town grocers for wrapping paper ! Some perished in the burning of the old capitol; those that have survived vandalism and fire, after being carted from place to place, lying in basements, &c., now rest at last in the Secretary of State's office in the new Capitol.
The recent efforts of the Library of Congress to obtain possession (or custodianship of the documents containing the history of the Spanish ownership of the Southwest besides provoking controversy has served the good purpose of awakening New Mexicans to the value of the historical treasures they possess. Under the stress of pressure from Washington a bill was put through the New Mexican upper house of assembly in March of the present year which provided for the transfer of these papers to Washington, the time and condition of their return to the Territory being practically left in abeyance. It was explained that this bill passed the council under fear that the Federal Government might take the records anyhow. At the instance of the Historical Society the bill was held up in the lower house until such amendments could be secured as would provide for the safe return of these records to the Territory and without expense to it after one year for the documents which are local and personal in their nature and after five years in the case of those which are of more general interest. It is understood that the Federal Government wishes to translate and publish the more important documents. The debates in the Historical Society developed the fact that there is a strong sentiment against sending these documents out of the Territory at all. It was even argued that there should be a law to prevent the export of archaeological materials of any kind; that all things which will throw light on the past should be kept within the Territory—an excellent idea were the Territory able to offer such other facilities to students as this scheme would necessitate.
The meetings of the Historical Society itself have not altogether risen above the stage of garrulous reminiscences. Still there are signs of improvement. At a recent meeting Prof. E. L. Hewitt of Las Vegas gave a talk on the old mission churches of New Mexico in which he showed that the churches of the Territory are much older than those of California to which so much care has been given. The oldest in California is that of San Diego dating from 1769, the