W'ith this View, I em about to write the memoirs of the person whose name is at the head of this article, It is at once discovered that the task will not be easy in itself, nor will it be entirely satisfactory in the performance. Ri'he causes which render it difficult in this case, are no doubt, in some measure similar in all like attempts. The companions 'of General Thomas, in civil, professional and military life, have long since passed away, more than sixty-eight years having elapsed since his death. The confidential ofiicers about his person, at his death, in a foreign province, overcome with the event, and occupied with the necessary attention to their o?icial duties, in an army prostrate with sickness of the most malignant kind and on a retreat in an enemies country, pursued by a well appointed army ?ushed with success, and commanded by a consummate general, did not, and could not have giv en that attention to the safe keeping of the private papers of their general, which would have aided in the perform ance of the task imposed.
On the part of his descendants it is admitted and re gretted, that less care and attention has been given than should have been, to the preservation of those family re cords and traditions, which would have gone far to have made this memoir the more complete and interesting, and rendered the life and services of their ancestor more conspicuous and useful. The apprehension which seems to have in?uenced them, that they might be considereddesirous to blazon the fame of their ancestor, was not a sufficient reason or excuse, for they should have consid ered, as they must have known, that he was an honored and cherished son of the Republic. They should have constituted themselves the guardians of his fame, as well for themselves, as fortheir country and future ages. But what would seem almost incredible, is, that not even a newspaper sketch has ever been published of the ser vices of General Thomas, to which reference could be had. But the facts within reach, and which have come to hand, are such, that they cannot mislead. With the materials which remain, the undertaking will proceed, with the assurance, that biography shall not be turned to eulogy nor history to romance.
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Publisher - Forgotten Books
Language - English
Author(s) - Charles Coffin
Published Date - August 25 2019
ISBN - 9780666925138
Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
Page Count - 224
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