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Excerpt from Biographical Sketches of Eminent Lawyers, Statesmen, and Men of Letters
These biographical sketches were written in hours which should have been devoted to rest; but I trust that I shall not be charged with negligence in collecting materials, nor with carelessness in arranging them. I have stated noth ing but what was received from unquestionable authority. It was found impracticable to follow the dictionary form in the order of this work, and I thought it unnecessary to be confined to the order of time. My object has been to give in connec tion with these notices of individuals, something of the history of the manners, habits and institutions of New England. How far I have succeeded in the attempt the reader cab best judge. The second volume will, I have no doubt, be better suited to the taste of the public than the first, for in that I shall more freely avail myself of the labours of mv friends. Sameness, of course, will be avoided, and this is one great evil to be feared in such an undertaking. In both volumes the produc tions of others will be designated by some letter as a signa ture. Some persons may complain that I have been more desirous of bringing lawyers into my book than other men. This is true. This field was less occupied than most others, and my partialities were with them. The authors of those excellent works Eliot's Biographical Dictionary, and Allen's American Biographical Dictiomzry, were clergymen, and knew more of political, literary and ecclesiastical characters than of lawyers. The labours of a lawyer have no variety in them.
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