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It was with a just appreciation of the difficult task before me, that I commenced the history of Mr. Polk's administration. I have endeavored to delineate, and I hope with impartiality, the transactions which signalized that eventful epoch. Having been in Congress during the presidential term of Mr. Polk, many occurrences recorded in these pages passed under my own observation, which greatly facilitated my researches. I have incorporated copious notes, containing arguments upon both sides of important questions, for the
presenting the views of Mr. Polk's contemporaries. The work is respectfully submitted to the consideration of my countrymen, with the hope that they will deal gently with its faults, in return for the information which I trust it contains.
The events which transpired during the administration of James K. Polk will exercise a vast influence upon the destiny of this confederacy.