MILLIONS of words of minutes and reports of the three Seabury investigations are on the official record. The library of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York is especially helpful in this respect. Still more voluminous are the newspaper accounts and editorial comments. The New York Times and New York Herald Tribune ran full texts of some of the testimony and most of the reports, and such bright and perceptive journalists as Doris Fleeson of the New York Daily News and Heywood Broun of the New York World-Telegram wrote about the investigations.
The Seabury family provided essential information about the man. I especially want to thank Judge Seabury's three nephews--Andrew Oliver, John B. Northrop, and William B. Northrop--for opening up family records, showing me around the former Seabury lands and homes, and telling me about incidents connected with and reactions to family and public events. Mrs. William Marston Seabury, Judge Seabury's sister-in-law; Louis Seabury Weeks and Henry S. Parker, Judge Seabury's cousins and boyhood friends, gave their recollections and candid views.
The Seabury staff members are part of the drama of the investigation; their feats are mentioned in the book. Interviews with these Seabury "boys," distinguished lawyers and public servants, afforded a rare look behind the scenes at the investigation and the Judge's personal and political life. George Trosk of Judge Seabury's law office served as his chief of staff; others who served as Seabury counsel to whom I am indebted are John Kirkland Clark, Irving Ben Cooper, Robert M. Davidson, James H. Goodier, Harry D. Guthrie, Jr., Philip W. Haberman, Jr., Carroll Hayes,