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Reminiscences and Memorials of
and Their Families

By A. B. Muzzey.
Boston, Mass., 1883.

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   The purpose of this book is twofold. First, to give recollections of men of the Revolution, and members of their families, with whom the writer has had more or less personal acquaintance. This explains the omission of others equally prominent, and otherwise entitled to the same notice. Occasional exceptions to the course indicated will be seen, especially in the case of men very distinguished in our Revolutionary history. Secondly, the aim of the book is to give records of these men in their public positions, and in their family relations both to those born before themselves and to those living subsequently to their death.
     I have thought it consistent with the plan and method laid down, to introduce occasionally traditions and incidents not in the direct line of the men noticed, yet important as illustrating customs and events which did much to shape or illustrate their particular characters. This statement may meet objections, otherwise pertinent, of an apparent lack, at some points, of coherence and relativity between the several parts of the book. It also relieves the writer from the charge of occasional repetitions, unavoidable in his plan. It explains, too, the need he felt, in some instances, of bringing before the reader narratives and quotations not entirely fresh, but still helpful to his purpose, and which can hardly be too often repeated in American history.
   In a work like this - abounding in details, and resting, as all history does, more or less on probabilities - slight errors are almost unavoidable. A book of mingled reminiscences and records cannot always name its authorities. I have, generally, avoided footnotes, -- often not read at all, and seldom wholly agreeable to the reader.
   One chapter has been in print before, but it seems important to the completion of this volume. It contains a few statements embraced in previous chapters, which could not, however, I found, be separated from their connections.
Many thanks are due to those who have encouraged and aided the author in his work. To name all those who have kindly supplied me with books essential to the completion of this volume would require a large space. And to add to this list the many who have given me assistance by conversation and by personal services is quite beyond my ability. I do not forget the call on my gratitude of those upon whom I had no special claims. Nor am I insensible of obligations to those to whom, although previously strangers, I am indebted for valuable suggestions and information.
   I have been led by personal acquaintance and connections to confine my notices of men and their families largely to my immediate vicinity. This has occasioned a fear of local prejudices, and of injustice to those in other sections of the country. Our debt to them is very great. Lest it should be underestimated in this book, I have added a special chapter on the Patriots of the Middle and Southern States, and hope it may show at least an attempt to do strict justice both to the military and civil services of those States in the noble work of resolving upon and achieving our national independence.
   The work has extended much beyond the original plan of the author. If, in its wide range of characters, any part of it shall give the reader a small portion of the interest felt by the writer in the long line of illustrious men brought before him, in this cursory review of their high purposes and generous sacrifices, his reward will be ample.
CAMBRIDGE, November, 1882.

Otis, Adams, Quincy, Lincoln, Parker, Munroe, Brown, Kirkland, Ellery, Channing, Boutelle.

Oliver Hazard Perry, Andrew Jackson, Marquis de Lafayette, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Society of the Cincinnati, Revolutionary Men in the War of 1812, Personal Appearance of Revolutionary Officers, 
The Anti-Slavery Movement, The Soldier of the Revolution, The Battle of Lexington, Men of the Middle and Southern States in the Revolution. 

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