Excerpt from Mirror of Olden Time Border Life: Embracing a History of the Discovery of America, of the Landing of Our Forefathers at Plymouth, and of Their Most Remarkable Engagements With the Indians, in New England
Savaur. Years since, the compiler of this work was In compa... ny, in a sage coach, with two gentlemen of the clerical profession, on our way to Philadelphia. In the course of the journey, the conversation happening to turn upon the early history of the region of country through which we were passing, one of our companions was very naturally led to touch upon some of those remarkable and stirring incidents of border life, to which the almost constant state of hostility between the white settlers and aboriginal inhabitants, so abundantly gave rise. The other of our commuions - a gentleman distinguished for his piety, learning, and rarely surpassed pow ers of oratory - became so much interested in the subject of discourse, that he enquired with some earnestness of manner where he should be able to procure a work from which he might become more intimate with the de tails of those frontier events. To this it was replied, that it was to be re gretted that the written history of these times was so very meagre; and that even what little has found a record in the detached and homely nar relives of some participators in these frontier adventures, or in the equally unpretending and fragmentary chronicles of other, but contemporary wri ters of their deeds, had almost passed from the reach of the general rea tier - books of this kind having become extremely scarce. The result of the conversation was an expression of an increased desire on the part of the clergyman to obtain a particular work devoted to the subject, and of a de termination ou our part to collect as many of the printed fragments of that part of our country's history as a dilligent research might enable us to pro cure; and from the collection, and such additional resources as might fall within our reach, to compile a volume embracing whatever might seem interesting and suitable to the design and scope of the desired work. Though years elapsed without putting us in possession of the sought for materials as fully as we wished, we ¿atter ourselves that we have at length succeeded in bringing together such a collection of narratives, and detail of adventures, as seem sufficiently copious, authentic, and interesting to jus tify committing them to the press and the judgment of the reading public.
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