The following biography I intended to complete with an historiographical analysis in order to present a study of the historian Richard Hildreth. The biography, written just before I began military service, was accepted as a dissertation by the Department of History and by the Board of University Studies of The Johns Hopkins University. Since the war has interfered with my intention and with my ability to give the time needed to complete the study with the proper historiographical treatment, I present the biography alone in the form in which it was originally prepared.
A course in American historiography with Professor W. Stull Holt at The Johns Hopkins University in 1938-1939 roused the interest in Richard Hildreth on which this study rests. Dr. Eric F. Goldman first suggested a biography, and in its preparation he continually furnished cogent advice as well as his special stimulation.
The late Mrs. Louisa M. Hildreth gave me all the materials on Richard Hildreth in her possession and tried unsparingly to discover more. She added her kind and continual encouragement as did her granddaughter, Miss Louisa Gray. Mrs. Mary W. Fuller obligingly loaned me her materials on Caroline Hildreth. Miss Elinor Gregory and Miss Priscilla Crandall graciously allowed me the resources of the Boston Athenaeum with its valuable newspaper files. Mr. Allyn B. Forbes and his assistants of the Massachusetts Historical Society aided me in seeking materials there. Mr. Richard Haughton loaned me his sheaf of papers on Richard Haughton, editor of the Boston Atlas. Librarians of Harvard University generously aided in every possible way my search for materials on Richard Hildreth.
In the preparation of this study I am particularly endebted to the vigorous and valuable criticism of the Advanced Seminar in History of The Johns Hopkins University. Professors Frederic C. Lane . . .