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THE HONORABLE WILLIAM WIRT HENRY
MY FAITHFUL AND HELPFUL FRIEND
IS GRATEFULLY AND AFFECTIONATELY
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HE stories that make romantic the Colo
nial Homesteads described in this work, were collected during visits paid by myself to those historical shrines. The task was a labor of love throughout, and made yet more delightful by the generous kindness of those to whom I applied for assistance in gathering, classifying, and sifting materials for
book. Family records, rare old histories, manuscript letters, valuable pictures, and personal reminiscences, were placed at my disposal with gracious readiness that almost deluded me, the recipient, into the belief that mine was the choicer blessing of the giver. The pilgrimage to each storied home was fraught with pleasures which I may not share with the public.
I have conscientiously studied accuracy in the historical outlines that frame my sketches,
giving to Tradition, “the elder sister of History,” only such credit as is rightfully hers.
Thanks are due to Harper & Brothers for permission to reprint from Harper's Weekly the chapter entitled “Jamestown and Williamsburg:” That upon Varina was published in part and under another title in 1892 in The Cosmopolitan Magazine.