THE EDITORS gratefully acknowledge the efforts of an able group of students at the Claremont Graduate School who helped create this volume. Scott Birrell gave a number of transcriptions their first proofreading. Michael Vanderlan, Peg Lamphier, Nora Farabaugh, Heather Wilson, and Rebecca Jones assisted with annotation. Maria Baglien, Krista Caufman, Bonnie Khaw, Erika Kreger, John Lloyd, Laura Morrow, Kenneth Osterkamp, Mia Park, and EuGene Taylor, as well as Mr. Birrell and Ms. Jones, all transcribed documents printed in the volume. Dorcas Hawker, Kathleen Norman, John Walker, and Mathew Haskins performed various tasks to help bring the book to completion.
Much of our annotation research depended on the aid of Ina Thomas and her colleagues in the interlibrary loan division of the libraries of the Claremont Colleges. We also utilized the tremendous resources of the Huntington Library, San Marino, California, and of the Upland, California, Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Timothy Connelly, research archivist, National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), provided essential research support at the National Archives. He, as well as Paula Mohr, curator of the Department of the Treasury, and L. W. Vosloh of the Smithsonian Institution also helped us find illustrative material for the volume. We are grateful to Kenneth Wolf and Ronald Cluett of Pomona College, and to Jennifer Wood and Thierry Boucquey of Scripps College, for their help, direct and indirect, with foreign- language problems. Beverly Wilson Palmer and Holly Ochoa are of course our local experts on two of Chase's significant contemporaries, Thaddeus Stevens and Charles Sumner, and we certainly appreciate their assistance.
Support for work on this volume was provided by the Claremont Graduate School; the NHPRC, a branch of the National Archives; and the National Endowment for the Humanities, an independent federal agency. Completion of our goals for this volume was assisted in particular by the cooperative and energetic attentions of: Douglas Arnold, program officer in the Editions Program, Division of Research