Ohio History Journal


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note numbering in the texts of the documents, especially in the later pages.

A useful chronology of communications gives the dates of origin of docu-

ments and their variants and enclosures. An extensive bibliography of other

materials consulted also has a calendar of communications. The seal of the

company, here delineated for the first time, is used as the frontispiece and

is stamped on the binding.

Many of the documents are valuable apart from their connection with the

Ohio Company, for example, the journals of Christopher Gist, with their

descriptions of the Ohio Valley in 1750-52, and an amazingly lengthy

letter of John Mercer to his son George, which is a revealing account of

plantation life in Virginia in the 1760's.

The printing of all documents in extenso has resulted in a good deal of

repetition. One encounters Gist's journals in four different places, with

three of the texts of the first journal complete. The minutes of the Logs-

town negotiations of 1752 appear four times, to cite another example. This

is not a criticism but a note of congratulations to the editor that a page-saving

commercial publisher was not in the picture to order deletions and con-

densations. The scholar may be certain that nothing of historical value has

been overlooked, and what is equally important, gone unexplained. As Dr.

R. W. G. Vail comments in the foreword, the scholarship of the editing is the

equivalent of more than one doctorate.

Ohio State University                        EUGENE H. ROSEBOOM




The review of The Papers of Sir William Johnson Vol. XI in the January

1955 issue of The Ohio Historical Quarterly is much appreciated. However,

I would like to correct the impression which is given in the last paragraph.

The reviewer writes: "The sources of all the excellent illustrations are not

identified, however; and occasional cross references to the preceding volumes

and other works like the Documentary History of New York would have

been helpful to the researcher." On the contrary, the sources for all of the

12 illustrations are given in the list of illustrations, and in most cases below

the illustrations; and cross references are given to preceding volumes of the

Johnson Papers and to Documents Relative to Colonial History of New

York, and to other works, where letters or documents are mentioned in

the text. This has been the policy of the present editor in both volumes X

and XI, and in volume XII which is to follow.

University of the State of New York         MILTON W. HAMILTON

Division of Archives and History