WE ARE OFTEN asked how a joint authorship works. It works the way a marriage does, quite differently from the original plan. We had decided at first that C.L. would draw from the primary sources while E.H. would do the outside reading and provide the historical context. As it turned out, everybody did everything amid a collective juggling of two husbands, two daughters, three sons, one dog, two cats, and two goats, all of whom are thanked here for their patience, cooperation, and for the insights they provided into family life.
Most of the research was carried out at Yale and we express our gratitude to the entire staff of the Franklin Collection. William Willcox, editor of The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, read portions of the manuscript and allowed us to roam and rummage. G. B. Warden, assistant editor of the Papers, went over the pre-Revolutionary chapters and shared with us his special knowledge of Boston and Massachusetts. Dorothy Bridgwater and Mary L. Hart, who between them can locate almost any piece of information, were generous with their time and skills.
At the American Philosophical Society, Whitfield J. Bell was as always a helpful and encouraging friend. We also wish to acknowledge the assistance of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.
C.L. is grateful to the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for a fellowship grant to work on this book. At an earlier date, as a guest of the Rockefeller Foundation, she spent one month in the stimulating atmosphere of Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio. E.H. expresses her thanks to Susan Achenbach and Alice Miskimin for support of a very different kind, and C.L. to Naomi Gordon, Dorothee Finkelstein, Mary Kleiner, and Florence Stankiewicz.