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During the term of Mr. J. R. Ingersoll's official residence at London, he procured, for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, copies of the three journals which constitute the basis of this volume. A few months since, these were committed by the Society to the hands of the editor, with a request to prepare therefrom such a work as he now has the honour to lay before it and the public.
It is a matter of reasonable surprise, that the narrative of what Mr. Sparks has justly styled “one of the most remarkable events in American history,” has never before been formally and circumstantially related. Perhaps the secret rests in the fact that much of the original material necessary to such an undertaking has hitherto slumbered in undisturbed repose,
existence almost forgotten, upon the shelves of State-Paper Offices and public libraries in various parts of the world.