Excerpt from A Brief History of New Jersey
It is the aim of the following pages to make known the most important events in the history of New Jersey, from the first settlement to the present time. With so great an array of authorities at command, the task has been largely that of grouping and condensing the work of others.
The question that faced us at the beginning was whether to write merely a brief story that would give a general knowledge of the history of the State, or to add names, dates, and other particulars. In the latter case the work not only would furnish interesting reading, but also would serve for instruction. After consulting with many in whose judgment we have faith, we adopted a middle course. The body of the work aims to inform as well as to entertain; but such statistics as are given appear in the Appendix. If there can be no excellence without labor, then children and adults cannot learn history simply by being entertained with a story which omits the names and dates that are necessary for a comprehension of real history.
We consider ourselves fortunate in the help that we have received in our labor. Henry C. Buchanan, State Librarian, John Cotton Dana, of the Newark Free Library, and E. W. Miller, of the Jersey City Free Library, not only placed all the resources of their libraries at our disposal, but also aided us with wise suggestions.
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