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In his inaugural lecture at Oxford, October, 1884, Prof. Freeman declared that the historical professor “must ever bear in mind himself and ever strive to impress on the minds of others that the most ingenious and most eloquent of modern historical discourses can after all be nothing more than a comment on a text.” A conviction of this truth was the incentive to this work.
It is hoped that this presentation of a few of the more important documents, the original authorities and sources of our history, may promote in some degree a more accurate knowledge of American history. Should this hope be realized the editor will be well repaid.
HOWARD W. PRESTON. PROVIDENCE, R. I.
February 13, 1886.