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COLLECTIONS

OF THE

MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

SECOND SERIES

HISTORY OF THE STATE OF MAINE

VOL. XX

CONTAINING

THE BAXTER MANUSCRIPTS

EDITED

BY JAMES PHINNEY BAXTER, A. M., Litt. D.

PUBLISHED BY THE MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY, AIDED BY

APPROPRIATIONS FROM THE STATE

PORTLAND
LEFAVOR-TOWER COMPANY

1914

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PREFACE

THIS volume brings us to the close of the American

1 Revolution, and we now are introduced to the difficulties which faced our public men in their efforts to satisfy the demands made upon them by the sufferers in the war, and to preserve public order, a task which appalled some of our best statesmen and excited the cynical curiosity of foreign nations, who ridiculed the idea of ignorant farmers, fishermen and day laborers setting up and maintaining anything like a stable government. We have seen the result, an enduring monument to the cause of Popular Government.

JAMES PHINNEY BAXTER.

61 Deering Street,

November 3, 1914.

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