The Life of Israel Putnam, Major-General in the Army of the American Revolution (Classic Reprint)

The Life of Israel Putnam, Major-General in the Army of the American Revolution (Classic Reprint)

by William Cutter
     
 

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There are three sources to which the writer of biography may repair, for materials to accomplish his work. The first is an intimate personal acquaintance with his subject, derived from long intercourse, and a daily participation in the scenes which it is his purpose to

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Excerpt from The Life of Israel Putnam, Major-General in the Army of the American Revolution

There are three sources to which the writer of biography may repair, for materials to accomplish his work. The first is an intimate personal acquaintance with his subject, derived from long intercourse, and a daily participation in the scenes which it is his purpose to describe. The next is, a detailed narrative of incidents and events, taken down from the lips of his subject, giving to his delineations the spirit and authenticity of an autobiography. The third is found in the testimony of neighbors and acquaintances, corroborated by contemporaneous history, correspondence, &c. When the veracity and honesty of the party are unimpeachable, there is no source so reliable as that which is here placed second in the list. No person can possibly be so well acquainted with the acts of another as himself. And when, to the proper appreciation of these acts, it is necessary to know something of the motives and purposes from which they sprung, and the feelings with which they were accompanied, this is the only source to which we can look. And when to this is added an intimate personal acquaintance of a compiler of approved integrity and faithfulness, it affords the highest species of evidence in favor of his narrative, which can possibly be desired.

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ISBN-13:
9781330919019
Publisher:
FB &c Ltd
Publication date:
07/07/2015
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)

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