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Professor of History in the
With the present volume the University of Colorado begins the publication of documents and other material primarily relating to the history of Colorado. It is proposed to issue similar volumes at frequent intervals in the future. After the colony series is completed, other subjects falling within the period before Colorado became a state will be dealt with. In every instance an attempt will be made to publish all the pertinent historical documents that can be found and that are not easily accessible elsewhere.
The treatment of the records of the Union Colony is in line with this general policy. As will be seen by reference to the list of documents, several classes of records are omitted from this volume. In the case of the newspapers a number of purely personal items have not been reprinted; from The Greeley Tribune only such articles have been selected as would seem to throw light upon the ideals or development of the colony.
The spelling and punctuation of the writers of the records and of the printers in the case of the newspapers, have been reproduced as they were found. In one respect only has the editor departed from this practice. When the newspapers used larger or heavier type, not capitals, for the headings of their articles, these have been transformed to capitals in the text in order to insure uniformity of emphasis.
All words and sentences in brackets have been supplied by the editor. Whenever a heading is followed by a numeral referring to a note below, it is the original heading. On the other hand, whenever a heading is not so followed and the reference to the note appears at the
beginning of a paragraph of the body of the article, it has been supplied by the editor.
In the preparation of this volume I have received the assistance of many individuals in Greeley and elsewhere to whom I take this opportunity of returning thanks. Among these I owe much to Mr. Delph E. Carpenter, the secretary of the Union Colony; to Mr. Hotchkiss, the city clerk of Greeley, and to Mr. J. Max Clark, a member of the colony in its early days. Mr. Henry T. West, a member of the original locating committee, still lives in Caldwell, Idaho. Through the loan of manuscripts and by correspondence he has assisted me to understand the spirit of the colonists. Dr. Thomas M. Marshall, my colleague, has aided in the transcription and checking of the records at Greeley and has done much to lighten the burden of preparing this volume for the press. To my wife, through her patient assistance in proof-reading, the text owes much of its accuracy. February 20, 1918
JAMES F. WILLARD.