BY MARY BAIRD BRYAN
IT has fallen to me to take up the pen which Mr. Bryan laid down.
In justice to him, it should be borne in mind that his chapters are in the first draft; he had no opportunity to revise or polish them.
While I am willing to carry out his ideas, the fact remains that it is impossible for me, or for anyone else, to do this work as he had planned it. The intimate knowledge of people and of small happenings has passed with him.
However, from his private correspondence, from his documents, and from my diary, I hope to bring to light the truth on several controversial questions.
I wish, too, to give a careful and just analysis of his character. His dominant traits will explain his course of action in several crises.
In this work I have been assisted in research and collation by our children, by other members of the family, by faithful friends, and by the competent staff which was furnished me by the Publishers.