Francis Parkman

Francis Parkman

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Francis Parkman

Francis Parkman

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The life of a scholar is almost of necessity uneventful, and his accomplished work speaks for itself; therefore the biographer must deal in the main with the scholar's labors of acquisition and preparation. Journals kept on two summer vacations, and on a trip to Europe, and several erratic and scrappy notebooks, show Parkman's methods of examining historic places and of collecting historical materials. These, together with the "Oregon Trail," his own brief narrative of his life, and an irregular correspondence, consti. tute the autobiographical records of his life.

My thanks are due to Miss Parkman, the historian's sister, for putting those records at my disposal; to Mr. Charles Haight Farnham, the author of the "Life of Francis Parkman," for his generous permission to make what use I might wish of his biography--and but for his labors my own would have been fourfold greater; to Messrs. Little, Brown & Co., for their per-

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