Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States - Vol. 1

Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States - Vol. 1

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Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States - Vol. 1

Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States - Vol. 1

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The Dairy and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes contain so much of interest, both in revealing the character of their author and in throwing light on the social and political history of their period, that the Ohio State Archæological and Historical Society renders a most useful service in providing for their publication. In arranging the material for the press, I have striven to give exactly what Mr. Hayes wrote. If at times the text here differs in small details from that of the same passage as it appears in the Life, it is due to the fact that further study of Mr. Hayes's handwriting, which often was very crabbed and difficult, has enabled me to decipher the true reading.

Not all the extant letters are given, nor every entry in the Dairy. Many letters of purely family interest, and many passages in the Dairy of a similar quality, or that were mere memoranda of ephemeral significance, are omitted. I have preferred, however, to err on the side of fullness rather than the reverse. Moreover, letters have frequently been curtailed by omitting unimportant portions. This is shown in the text.

The only liberties I have taken with the text are, (1) to write out most abbreviation and to give full names where initials only were used; (2) to make the punctuation more careful and regular, so as to render the meaning clear; (3) to correct the very few misspellings--most of them obvious slips of the pen. Wherever it seemed necessary to add a word, a sentence, or a paragraph to clarify the text, this has been enclosed in brackets.

CHARLES RICHARD WILLIAMS.

PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY, OCTOBER, 1921.

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