identified with this movement, was to contribute such information as his recollection of events would supply.
In other words, he decided to write a narrative, the matter of which would be reminiscent, with here and there a little history woven in among the strands of memory like a woof in the warp.
It has ended in history supplying the warp, and the reminiscence indifferently supplying the woof.
However, the value of the production is, doubtless, greatly enhanced by the change.
A string of pearls-dropping the former simile and adopting another — is estimated according to the gems it contains, and not because of the cord that holds it together.
The personal experiences and recollections that are here and there interwoven, by themselves would be of little consequence; but they will be found to carry upon them certain historical facts and inferences — some new in themselves and in their connections-which, as the author hopes and believes, are of profitable quality and abounding interest.
In consequence of the change of plan just explained, the scope of the work is materially affected.
What was begun as a magazine article, and continued as a brochure, ends in a volume.