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IN this continuation of my History of New England, I have not seen reason to depart from the plan on which the First Volume was constructed.
I may be judged to have given too much space to the contemporaneous history of England. But this will not, I think, be the opinion of such as have well considered to what a controlling extent New-England politics were affected by existing relations—whether of antagonism or sympathy, of apprehension or reliance — to principles, parties, and men, powerful in the parent country. Preceding and passing events in England seemed to me to be the indispensable background, on which the nearer objects of the picture were to be projected, in order to be seen in their right position.
In justice to my view of the proper manner of composing history, it has been necessary for me to throw into notes a variety of details, which appeared to be fit accessories to the main narrative, but which, had I attempted to interweave them in it, would have interrupted its continuity. If I might presume to give advice to my readers, it would be that they should peruse each chapter without attending to the notes, and then recur to them in connection with those statements in the text which they are respectively designed to fortify or to illustrate. A large portion of them will attract only the
student who desires to know the authorities for my narration. a *