JUSTICE, alike to the author and to his subject, demands the explicit statement of a fact.
Horace Greeley is wholly innocent of this book. Until I had determined to write it, I had no acquaintance with him of a personal nature, and no connection except that which exists between every subscriber to the Tribune and its editor. Since that time, I have had a few short interviews with him-- heard and overheard a few facts of his career from his own lips --had two or three of my best stories spoiled by his telling me that that part of them which redounded most to his credit was untrue. He has had nothing whatever to do with the composition of the volume, nor has he seen a page of it in manuscript or proof, nor does he know one word of its contents.
I undertook the task simply and solely because I liked the man, because I gloried in his career, because I thought the story of his life ought to be told.
The writings of an editor usually pass away with the occasions that called them forth. They may have aroused, amused,