and they perfectly represent the sentiments and the reasonings of the time.
They are the more to be prized, as much of the correspondence was secret, and has remained so to this day.
If I have failed in giving a lucid narrative of the events which led to the necessity of Independence, it is not for want of diligence in studying the materials, which I have brought together, or of laborious care in arranging them.
The strictest attention has been paid to chronological sequence, which can best exhibit the simultaneous action of general causes.
The abundance of my collections has enabled me, in some measure, to reproduce the very language of every one of the principal actors in the scenes which I describe, and to represent their conduct from their own point of view.
I hope at least it will appear, that I have written with candor, neither exaggerating vices of character, nor reviving national animosities, but rendering a just tribute to virtue wherever found.
New-York, 18th May, 1854.