Our first and greatest debt is to the heirs of the late Helen Tyler Brown, namely
Allan D. Sutherland, M.D., and Mrs. Dorothy Sutherland Melville, and to the Director,
Dr. Richard G. Wood, and Trustees of the Vermont Historical Society, for permitting
us to borrow, study, reproduce, and edit for publication the precious and fragile
of The Earliest Diary of John Adams.
The Honorable William R. Tyler, a descendant of Royall Tyler and currently United
States Ambassador at The Hague, has taken a most helpful and continuous interest in
this undertaking from a time, it may be said, before it started.
The editors of the
Legal Papers of John Adams
, Messrs. L. Kinvin Wroth and Hiller B. Zobel, have not only furnished the valuable
commentary on John Adams’ first legal case which is signed with their names, but have
helped us solve difficult textual problems and legal questions at many other points.
We are indebted to Dr. Jules D. Prown of Yale University for the privilege of using
certain findings in his two-volume study of John Singleton Copley, to be published in 1966 by The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press; and to
Mr. David P. Wheatland of Harvard University for information on early scientific instruments
Mr. John E. Alden, Mrs. Elizabeth E. Butterfield, Mr. Kimball C. Elkins, Mr. Van Courtlandt
Elliott, Mrs. Jane N. Garrett, Mr. Richard M. Gummere, and Dr. Clifford K. Shipton
have continued their assistance to the Adams Papers in their specialties and in their
invariably generous way.
The editors’ sense of gratitude to the Director and staff of the Massachusetts Historical
Society and to the entire organization of Harvard University Press grows keener as
the Adams Papers enterprise grows older. They take especial pleasure, too, in publicly
acknowledging for the first time the fidelity and competence of two relatively new
members of the Adams Papers staff, Editorial Assistants Susan F. Riggs and Lynne G.