THE principle of illustration followed in the present work is the same that was adopted in the case of "The American Revolution," to which this is in effect a third and concluding volume. No illustrations have been admitted, save such as seem to possess real historical value.
For help of various sorts I have especially to thank Mr. Wilberforce Eames, of the Lenox Library, in New York. To many ladies and gentlemen who have kindly assisted me I have made specific acknowledgments in my annotated list of illustrations.
The text of this edition has been carefully revised, and in some places important additions or changes have been made.
CAMBRIDGE, October 18, 1897.