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The book is handsomely illustrated and bound and is dedicated to the memory of Lucius, Mabel and Frank Johnson.
The Life of Gen. Winfield Scott (D. Appleton & Co., New York, Great Commander Series, 1894, by Gen. Marcus J. Wright) heretofore noticed by us has been adopted as a textbook by the Staff and War College of Fort Leavenworth.
THE VIRGINIA MAGAZINE OF HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, April, 1903, vol. 10, No. 4, pp. 337-480+xvi, quarterly, $5.00 yearly, $1.50 singly. Richmond, Va.
Contents: 1. Proceedings of the Va. Committee of Correspondence, 1759-67 (19 pp., minutes, and one long letter of Dec. 12, 1759, to Colonial Agent Edward Montague on land laws and tobacco money); 2. Henry County (3 pp., items of payments); 3. Effect of the adoption of the Constitution upon the finances of Virginia, by W. F. Dodd (11 pp., really sketch of Va, finances 1776-1790; a seminar product of Chicago University; no illuminating comment such as would come spontaneously from general knowledge of contemporary conditions); 4. Some Virginia Colonial Records (12 pp., chiefly private petitions, 1670, for pecuniary relief; papers omitted from the Calendar of Va. State Papers); 5. John Brown letters, continued (6 pp., one letter from Detroit tells of a party forming to rescue Brown); 6. Books in Colonial Virginia (16 pp., book inventories gathered from partial examination of county records ; shows books were widely possessed); 7. Virginia gleanings in England, continued (8 pp., abstracts of wills as far back as 1657); 8. Ferrar papers, continued (4 pp., 3 letters from Edwin Sandys, 1619-1622, who was sponsor for the infant colony); 9. Virginia Militia in the Revolution, continued (2 pp., items of payments) ; 10. Virginia newspapers in public libraries, continued (2 pp., vols of Enquirer, with sketch of its career); 11. Virginia in 1638, continued (5 Pp., abstracts of petitions and orders on trade, tobacco, and official squabbles); 12. Notes and queries (7 pp.); 13. Genealogy (9 pp., Minor, Herndon, Brooke families); 14. List of Publications received (3 pp.); 15. General index (32 pp., seemingly exhaustive as to names, but almost useless as to subjects); 16. Proceedings of annual meeting (10 pp.) ; 17. Resolutions in Memory of Dr. J. L. M. Curry (1 p.).
The SOUTH CAROLINA HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL MAGAZINE, April, 1903, Vol. IV, No. 2, pp. 83-194, quarterly, $3.00 yearly, $1.00 singly, Charleston, S. C.
Contents: 1. Papers of the Second Council of Safety (14 pp., dates 1775-1776, bearing mainly on providing arms and stores for volunteers, with a folded sheet of Returns of Moultrie's regiment); 2. Letters from Hon. Henry Laurens to his son John (9 pp., 3 letters, spring of 1774; chiefly family matters with caustic fling at "block-headed grammarians"); 3. Descendants of Col. William Rhett (82 pp., two illustrations); 4. Editorial department (5 pp., notes, necrology.)
THE GULF STATES HISTORICAL MAGAZINE, January, 1903, Vol. I, No. 4, pp. 239-300, bi-monthly, $3.00 yearly, 50 cents singly, Montgomery, Ala.
Contents: 1. Yancey; A Study, by J. W. DuBose (13 pp., Yancey's part in politics just before 1860; turgid style, no important new sources); 2. Executive and Congressional directory of the Confederacy (9 pp., reprinted from U. S. records); 3. Reclamation of an Industry, by E. K. Broadus (5 pp., sketch of destruction of Florida orange groves, 1895, and slow revival since, so that “has grown a new and better Florida ;" but produce only one-fourth as much of the fruit, or little over a million boxes now against five million in 1894); 4. First Law of the Mississippi Territory, by D. Rowland (5 pp., militia law, with preliminary sketch); 5. Iberville Historical Society, by A. C. Harte(4 pp., constitution with historical statement; fourteen members); 6. Florida Newspapers in Congressional Library (4 pp., reprint from library publication); 7. Notes on Poe Genealogy (2 Pp., letter, no date, from E. A. Poe, on family history); 8. Documents (5 pp., 3 documents; (a) letter, January 14, 1897, J. W. Bradberry's estimate of Calhoun; (b) letter, February 18, 1865, J. M. Forbes, of Richmond, Va., on outlook for South; (c) Evidence that Gen. J. Wilkinson was buried in the City of Mexico);9. Editorial department( 12 pp., topics, notes, reviews.)
The American Historical Review for April contains a report of the proceedings of the Philadelphia meeting held last December. Prof. G. T. Lapsley discussed the origin of property in land; Simeon E. Baldwin gives an account of American business corporations before 1789 and Prof. H. E. Bourne has a paper on American constitutional precedents in the French National Assembly. Prof. F. J. Turner prints original documents from the Wisconsin State Historical Society dealing with George Rogers Clark and the Kaskaskia campaign of 1777-78 and Professor J. F. Jameson prints a part of Charles Pinckney's long lost plan for a federal constitution.
The North Carolina Booklet for December, 1902, deals with historic homes in North Carolina. The contributors are Miss Lida Tunstall Rodman who writes about Bathtown in general and the career of Blackbeard in particular. Mr. Thomas Blount uses the title Buncombe Hall to give an account of the family and services of Col. Edward Buncombe while Dr. Richard Dillard writes of Hayes and its builder, Gov. Samuel Johnston and of the excellent library founded by him and his son, James C. Johnston. The Booklet contains a portrait of Gov. Johnston, an illustration of Hayes and the usual quota of errors.
The January number continues the series of sketches of Historic Homes in North Carolina begun in the December number. Col. W. H. S. Burgwyn writes a short sketch of The Groves at Halifax, the home of the brilliant and politically powerful Willie Jones, the founder of the antifederalist party in the State. There is an illustration of the ruins as they are today after surviving occupation by one army of friends and two of foes. Col. A. M. Waddell writes of historic homes on the Cape Fear and Miss Martha Helen Haywood of Wakefield near Raleigh. An improvement in proof reading is greatly to be desired. (pp. 25.)
THE METHODIST QUARTERLY REVIEW, April, 1903, Vol. 52, No. 2, whole No. 178, pp. 211-416, $2.00 yearly, 50 cents singly, Nashville, Tenn.
Contents: 1. Christ's work in redemption, by Bishop A. C. Smith (16 pp., a clear popularization of the orthodox protestant theology); 2. Woodrow Wilson's history of the American people, by J. J. Tigert (26 pp., thoughtful most favorable review); 3. H. P. Hughes, by William Harrison (11 pp., sketch of this eminent English divine, based on J. G. Mantle's biographhy); 4. Religion, philosophy and science, by C. G. Shaw (15 pp., an academic definition of these three terms, that religion deals with the soul, science with the world, philosophy with both); 5. George W. Kendall, by George F. Mellen (10 pp., interesting sketch of this Ahmerst, Mass., boy who, born about 1800, went South as a newspaper worker, and became one of the founders of New Orleans Picayune, dying rich in 1867); 6. The inevitable in the Southern pulpit, by M. T. Plyler (9 pp., that the pulpit must recognize the industrial and educational advancement in the South, and must face inroads of evolution and "higher criticism" of the Bible); 7. The educational outlook in the South, by B. W. Arnold (8 pp., a concise summary of present agencies, and an earnest plea for Christian influence in schools and for better education of women); 8. Proposed amendment of the Southern