They were, for a long time, members of the house of PREFACE. Henry to him, from his first appearance on the public stage.xi and carefully^ to avail liimself of that certain and per- manent evidence which they aftbrd ; and has been ena- bled, by this means, as the reader will discover, to cor- rect some strange mistakes in historical facts.The author's correspondents will find, that he has de- parted in some instances, from their respective state- ments ; and he owes them an explanation for having done so : the explanation is this ; their statements were, in several instances, diametrically opposed to each other; and were sometimes, all contradicted by the public prints, or the records of tlie state.
siii two months, afford a remission from professional la- bour.
It was in the summer of 1805 that the design of ^vriting this biography was first conceived. He had never seen him ; and was of course, compelled to rely wholly on the information of others. Not having the pleasure of a personal accjuaintancc with these gentlemen, the author interested the late Mr.
The reader lias a right to know what degree of credit is due to the following narrative ; and it is the object of this preface to give him that satisfaction. Whiston : the t Avo first of whom arc still living.
In peace, he was as mild as he had been brave in war : his bosom PREFACE.
Henry and the state of Vir- ginia owe so many obligations, without paying to that revered memory, the tribute of his respect and affection. Pojife Wsfij'oiie of those ardent young Virginians, who embatketl, fe E^fore they had attained their maturity, in the. of 4'kft American revolution : he ioined an ani- mated' aiiclitcti Vc 'corps of horse, and signalized himself by an impetuous gallantry, which drew upon him the eyes and the applause of his commander.