Excerpt from A Book of Memories, 1842-1920
I had thought somewhat of it before, but probably it never would have been attempted, but for his let ter.
Often, I said of my father, who lived to be eighty nine: With him were buried historical treasures of family and State, which would have been priceless if I had only had the patience to have gotten them from him. Now that I am growing old, perhaps I owe it to my children, my friends and my brethren, to delve into the nearly-forgotten things of the past and hand down to them historical data, they may appreciate.
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