GRATEFUL HYPERBOLE ASIDE, THIS BOOK WOULD NOT EXIST without the generous support of two great national resources: the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Newberry Library. Without the two consecutive years of intellectual freedom made possible by their fellowships, I could not have conceived, much less researched and written, the majority of essays in this volume. Nor would I have benefited from the stimulation and friendship of the unique Newberry community, particularly Bill Towner and Dick Brown. My debts to Fritz Jennings began to accumulate long before his or my tenure at the library, but he and the fellows of the Center for the History of the American Indian broke many trails through our year of discovery.
I am also indebted to the American Council of Learned Societies and the College of William and Mary for summer research grants which enabled me to complete two of the essays. The college contributed still more. The William and Mary Quarterly, under the able editorships of Thad Tate and Mike McGiffert, first published three of the essays, and three others were improved by spirited exchanges at the monthly colloquia of the Institute of Early American History and Culture. My colleagues in the History Department, particularly Tom Sheppard and Ed Crapol, have been not only congenial but supportive in many ways.
Authorship is a lonely business in the beginning and at the