Jefferson's Nephews: A Frontier Tragedy

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THROUGH SEVERAL of the years this book was in preparation, I was fortunate to have the help of a tireless and perspicacious research assistant, Mrs. Clara Lee Whitt, of Marion, Kentucky. Although her contributions were not limited exclusively to Kentucky and Mississippi, much of the new information gathered in those states was her discovery. Assisting me in an extended search for pertinent old documents and records in Virginia, Mr. David L. Thomas, graduate assistant at the University of Virginia Library, rendered skillful and much appreciated service.

Out of the legion individuals who have helped me in this work, special thanks are due to a few whose contributions were integral and particularly generous: Mr. James A. Bear, Jr., Charlottesville, Virginia; Dr. Julian P. Boyd, Princeton, New Jersey; Mr. Littleton Groom, Princeton, New Jersey; Mr. and Mrs. Gabe McCandless, and Miss Reba Smith, of Smithland, Kentucky.

The librarians, curators, and staffs of the institutions where much of this work was done were without exception friendly, cooperative, and efficient. These people made my work a pleasure. Among those to whom I am especially indebted are Dr. Jacqueline Bull and her staff of the Wilson Library, University of Kentucky, Lexington; Mr. Alexander M. Gilchrist, Margaret I. King Library, University of Kentucky; Dr. Dumas Malone, Mr. William G. Ray, Mr. Gregory A. Johnson, and the staff of the Manuscripts Department, Alderman Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville; Mr. James R. Bentley and the staff of the Filson Club, Louisville, Kentucky; Mrs. Ruth W. Lester, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Princeton, New Jersey; Mrs. Frances H. Stadler, Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis; Miss Julia Neal, Kentucky Library, Bowling Green, Kentucky; Miss Sarah Winstead, Henderson Public Library, Henderson, Kentucky; and Mrs. Margaret V. Henley, Goochland, Virginia.

In addition to the people and organizations named above, the staff members of the following institutions were most helpful to me in my use of their collections, archives, and records: the state historical societies of Kentucky, Virginia, Massachusetts, Missouri, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Albemarle County, Vir


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