Public Papers of George Clinton, Vol. 9: First Governor of New York; Analytical Index, A-F; Prepared Under the Auspices of the State Historian (Classic Reprint) by Unknown Author (Paperback / softback, 2016)
Excerpt from Public Papers of George Clinton, Vol. 9: First Goverr of New York; Analytical Index, A-F; Prepared Under the Auspices of the State Historian When the last official historian of the State of New York shall have completed his labors, when all the official records shall have been transcribed and printed, and when the final judgment on each man's work is rendered, one name must stand pre-eminent in the list of those who have contributed to their fellow men a full quantity of service, and so built for themselves more enduring memorials than those of marble or bronze. To the Hon. Hugh Hastings, State Historian from 1895 to 1907, must be given the credit for beginning a systematic publication of the rare manuscripts, documents and records of the state, supplementing the invaluable work of John R. Brodhead and Dr. E. B. O'Callaghan, of over half a century before, and the later but t less important labors of Berthold Ferw in the late seventies and early eighties. Had it t been for the prescience, ability and editorial skill of Mr. Hastings, his fidelity to his trust, and above all a most commendable desire to serve his commonwealth, matter what the personal cost and sacrifice might be, this state would t be the possessor today of many volumes of printed records, whose originals for the most part, are w forever lost. That most regrettable and unlooked for fire, which on March 29th of the present year (1911), almost destroyed the western wing of the Capitol, and consumed the State Library with its literary treasures of books and manuscripts, among which were most of the documents published by Mr. Hastings and the earlier historians, was indeed, as proclaimed by the State's Executive at the time - A National Calamity. While the loss of so many letters, scrips and records is of course irretrievable (although the salvage will be greater than at first supposed) still the work done by Mr. Hastings will provide for historians and scholars, for all time, an ample source from which to extract a satisfactory measure of facts and happenings of the periods his published volumes represent. From 1899 to 1905 the then State Historian and his staff were occupied. in connection with other duties, in preparing and publishing the eight volumes kwn as the Public Papers of George Clinton - First Goverr of New York. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.