country in every colony.
Among those who have rendered me most valuable aid in this respect, I must name in an especial manner the late Mr. Golden
of New-York, who intrusted to me all the manuscripts of Lieutenant Governor Golden
, covering a period in New-York history of nearly a quarter of a century; the late Mr. Johnson
of Stratford, Connecticut
, who put into my hands those of hi father, containing excellent contributions alike to English and American history; my friend Dr. Potter
, the present Bishop
, who furnished me numerous papers of equal interest and novelty, illustrating the history of New-York and of the Union
; Mr. Force
of Washington City
, whose success in collecting materials for American History is exceeded only by his honest love of historic truth; Mr. J. F. Eliot
of Boston; Mr. William B. Reed
, Mr. Langdon Elwyn
, and Mr. Edward D. Ingraham
of Philadelphia; Mr. Tefft
, and Mr. Swaine
of North Carolina
, who show constant readiness to further my inquiries; the Connecticut Historical Society; the President
and Officers of Yale College, who sent me unique documents from the Library of that Institution; Mr. William C. Preston
of South Carolina
, to whom I owe precious memorials of the spirit and deeds of the South
The most valuable acquisition of all was the collection of the papers of Samuel Adams
, which came to me through the late Samuel Adams Welles
They contain the manuscripts of Samuel Adams
, especially drafts of his letters to his many correspondents, and drafts of public documents.
They contain also the complete journals of the Boston
Committee of Correspondence, drafts, of the letters it sent out, and the letters.
it received, so far as they have been preserved.
The papers are very numerous; taken together they unfold the manner in which resistance to Great Britain
grew into a system,