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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 11. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Literary notices. (search)
Literary notices. Virginia—history of the people. By John Esten Cooke. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. We are indebted to the author (through West, Johnston & Co.,) Richmond, for a copy of this beautiful book—one of the series on American Commonwealths, edited by Horace E. Scudder, and published by the well known house of Houghton, Mifflin & Co. John Esten Cooke is too widely known as a writer to need any commendation from us, but we must say that this seems to us among the best, if not the very best, work he has done in the historical line. Treating successively of The Plantation, The Colony, and The Commonwealth, he has given us a very vivid picture of the Virginia people from the first settlement to the establishment of the Commonwealth, and the entering of Virginia into the Federal Union, with a bird's eye view of them up to the present time. While not prepared to accept all of the author's conclusions, or the authenticity of all of his statements, we can never