The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915 Page: 2
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
in California, I have given only so much attention as seemed
necessary for a clear understanding of their relation to the
movement for annexation.
Inevitably, in the treatment of a subject involving so many
details, mistakes have arisen and faults can readily be pointed
out. Yet I believe the account to be accurate in the main, and
trust that it will shed some new light on a most interesting and
important phase of westward expansion. Wherever possible I
have gotten my material from manuscript sources, finding the
official documents on file in the State Department; the Polk,
Jackson, and Van Buren correspondence in the Library of Con-
gress; and the Larkin correspondence in the Bancroft Collection
of the University of California especially rich in this regard.
Frequent use has also been made of contemporary writings of
the time, whether in book, magazine, or newspaper form. These
have been indicated by references throughout the text, as have also
the considerable number of secondary authorities and government
publications upon which I have been privileged to draw.
It would be but a poor return on my part if I made no men-
tion of the assistance I have received in the preparation of this
work. To the Chief Clerk of the State Department; to Mr.
Gaillard Hunt, Chief of the Manuscripts Division of the Library
of Congress; and to the authorities of the State University of
California for permission to use the material of the Bancroft
Collection, I am especially grateful. Two men, however, more
than any others deserve my warmest thanks. These are Professor
Herbert E. Bolton of the University of California, upon whose
kindly interest and help I have never counted in vain; and
Professor Robert M. McElroy, under whose direction this study
was undertaken and whose friendship has been a constant source
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