A Fragment of Another Preface
But while he has largely availed himself of the numerous sources of information which have been already laid before the public, he has observed the utmost caution in making the selection, and, by diligent and painful inquiry, succeeded in extracting, he trusts, a cupful of truth from the ocean of fiction.
That much remains to be told of this illustrious individual, and that, too, of the most important nature, the author is perfectly aware, nor would he vainly and boastfully thrust forward his little volume as the only channel by which public inquiry can be gratified. The vast stores of His own accumulated mind are yet to be gathered into the public garner, and a digest of the whole will form the task of some future biographer, for it were vain to suppose that undisguised truth can be looked for from the present generation, who are resolutely bent on applauding and worshipping the popular idol, and who turn a deaf ear to all that does not savour of adoration.
It may be deemed a bold undertaking for one with pretensions so humble to write upon a subject so important. Without aspiring, however, to the high dignity of biography, he may be permitted to add his humble quota