The Reluctant Republic: Vermont, 1724-1791

The Reluctant Republic: Vermont, 1724-1791

The Reluctant Republic: Vermont, 1724-1791

The Reluctant Republic: Vermont, 1724-1791

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This book unearths few hitherto unknown facts, proclaims no important historical discoveries. It reassembles matters long established, and it is candidly parasitic in that its material has been drawn from a multitude of earlier annals and from the minds of more erudite men.

The narrative has seemed worth retelling in the hundred and fiftieth year of Vermont's statehood, not only for its innate drama, but also for its possible significance in an era of despairing minorities. It has been the book's intention to lighten a shadowed chapter in American general history and to emphasize the implausible attainments of a remarkable and independent people.

Debts contracted while working on such a volume are difficult to acknowledge adequately or even to list entire. More than ordinary gratitude is due to Charles E. Crane of Montpelier, author of Let Me Show You Vermont and other Green Mountain volumes; to John Gale of Guilford, historian; to Miss Agnes K. Lawson, secretary of the Vermont Historical Society; to Mrs. Hazel B. McTighe of Dummerston for invaluable secretarial aid; to John Spargo of Old Bennington; and to the patient and long-suffering officials whose names properly should head this acknowledgment--Miss Florence L. Pratt, Mrs. Florence Greenwood, and Mrs. Jean Hebb of the Brattleboro Public Library. These profusely pestered and incredibly responsive persons must be even more relieved that a long period of research and source- seeking has ended than is their recent chief affliction,

FREDERIC F. VAN DE WATER

West Dummerston, Vermont . . .

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