This life of Henry Adams was originally written for a collected edition of his Works in many volumes. Adams himself would have enjoyed the irony of the fact that the very break-down of our economic system -- whether temporary or not -- which he predicted a generation before it occurred has precluded the possibility of publishing his own Works for the time being on the scale contemplated. There is no reason, however, for withholding longer from publication the only biography of him which has yet been written.
The author wishes to extend cordial thanks for help received to Mr. Worthington C. Ford, Mr. William Adams Slade, Mr. Leonard L. Mackall, Mr. William A. Jackson, Mr. Henry Osborn Taylor, Mrs. L. H. Thoron, the Massachusetts Historical Society and, as always, to the staff of the Library of Congress. He also wishes to thank Messrs. Houghton Mifflin Company for permission to quote from The Education of Henry Adams.
--J. T. A.