The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources 1745-1799 - Vol. 38

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources 1745-1799 - Vol. 38

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources 1745-1799 - Vol. 38

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources 1745-1799 - Vol. 38

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The preparation of the indexes of this edition of the Writings of George Washington has been a task apart from the editing of the text and from the beginning in the hands of the undersigned. The indexes of the separate volumes were prepared with special attention to their combination in a general index, so that these final volumes of the set are based upon the separate indexes. The material has, however, been gone over carefully and various changes and corrections made, including those due to the fact that occasionally letters or notes were shifted after the index to the volume was made and without the knowledge of the indexer. Volume references are in black-faced numerals and followed by a period.

This general index is intended to supersede the separate indexes in all respects except the following: (1) The editor compiled an alphabetical list of the letters and other material in the text, and this list follows the general index. References to "letters to" in the separate indexes have, therefore, been excluded from this general index except in the cases where the letters do not appear in the list, mainly those in notes and not written by or for Washington. Where there are letters in the list to titles in the index the titles are followed by an asterisk (*) as a general reference to the list. (2) The calendaring of the general orders of the Continental Army and the orders of the Virginia Regiment being chronological in the separate indexes, it has been omitted from the general index; but the topical analysis of the material in the orders continues in this index. (3) All references to those who wrote the drafts or letters contained in the text are given in the separate indexes; but in the general index reference is . . .

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