The Life of Peter Van Schaack, LL. D: Embracing Selections from His Correspondence and Other Writings during the American Revolution, and His Exile in England

The Life of Peter Van Schaack, LL. D: Embracing Selections from His Correspondence and Other Writings during the American Revolution, and His Exile in England

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The Life of Peter Van Schaack, LL. D: Embracing Selections from His Correspondence and Other Writings during the American Revolution, and His Exile in England

The Life of Peter Van Schaack, LL. D: Embracing Selections from His Correspondence and Other Writings during the American Revolution, and His Exile in England

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As the biography of an eminent American, of elevated character, of high integrity, and of honorable association, who, in sentiment, was opposed to taking up arms in the American Revolution, this work --composed as it mainly is of original contemporaneous materials, which may help to guide the future historian--will, it is believed, not be without its value.

Although a new field for historic research seemed to open to his view, and to tempt investigation, the author has aimed to confine himself within the lines of biography, without invading the department of political philosophy, or unnecessarily encroaching upon the province of history; and yet a large share of his materials possess the qualification of being at once autobiographical and historical.

The author is sincerely and deeply impressed with the conviction, that in other and abler hands the same materials would have led to a more philosophic work; but as it seemed probable that the manuscripts and information in his possession would be lost to the public . . .

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