THE publishers deem it a duty they owe to the public, to explain the cause of the nearly simultaneous issue of two works, corresponding very closely in name and appearance, but by different authors and from different houses. They cannot explain it more fairly than by giving the following extract from their letter to the Rev. J. T. Headley, written last September, requesting him to undertake the authorship of these volumes, viz.
Philadelphia, Sept. 9, 1846.
"We have had in contemplation the publication of a work to be "entitled 'The Generals of the American Revolution,' to make one "or two 12mo volumes, and should like to know if you would be will"ing to undertake the authorship of it. If you feel inclined to do so, "please let us know your terms."
Also an extract from his reply, viz.
"Stockbridge, Mass., September 21, 1846.
"I have just rec'd your favour of the 9th inst. I scarcely know what "to say in reply, as I do not yet know what my engagements will be "for the winter; * * * * but before I can undertake it I shall "want to inquire respecting the materials for it, and whether they are "easily accessible. I am afraid the archives of the separate states will "have to be searched. There is another consideration: whether it "would be better for me as an author to write such a work. * * * * "I shall return to New York in a week or two, when I shall decide on what I undertake."
From the above letter, it will be perceived, the Rev. J. T. Headley states that he could not then decide whether to undertake such a production, as he did not know that it would add to his reputation as an author, or that he could obtain the requisite materials without searching the archives of the separate states. Since the date of that letter, however, he has not written a line to the pub