The Training of an American: The Earlier Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, 1855-1913

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PREFACE

THE purpose of this book is to complete the biography of Walter H. Page. The materials concerning Mr. Page's work as Ambassador were so abundant and of such transcendent interest that they absorbed practically all of the two volumes originally assigned for his "Life and Letters." The author was therefore forced, in his original publication, to compress the fifty-eight years preceding the London Embassy into the merest sketch. But Mr. Page's life in his own country was of great interest and of great significance; above all, it was an era that witnessed the transformation of the backward Civil War South into a progressive part of a united country. In this rebirth of ancient commonwealths Walter Page himself played an important part. It seems appropriate that the materials concerning these activities, as well as Mr. Page's views on American life, the men and happenings of his own time, and the thoughts on literature and human progress which directed his career and ultimately found expression in an international field, should be used in a final volume. There are perhaps half a dozen sentences which repeat statements in the previous work -- this for the sake of giving symmetry and completeness to the present narrative; with these slight exceptions, the book is new.

In taking leave of the subject, the author wishes to thank the many friends and relatives of Mr. Page who have assisted the enterprise. His chief acknowledgements are due to Mrs. Walter H. Page, for her confidence in placing these materials at his disposal, and for her kindness in assisting him, at every point, in the prosecution of his labours. Mr. Robert N. Page, of Southern Pines,

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