It is my intention in commencing this book to improve my style of writing by means
of it as well as to record one of the most interesting periods of my life, for my
amusement. In visiting all the places in which the nation itself is interested, I
could not help thinking that in case I should live for any space of time, it would
be a pleasant thing to me to recollect, by means of this as a refresher of the
memory, those scenes which so early in life I witnessed, and which are about to have
a material influence upon this country.
This plan will also be advantageous to me as it will exercise my own memory with
respect to the sentiments of the different individuals to be noted down, as I intend
to call in no help from newspaper accounts. The observations made at that time were
clearly impressed upon my mind and although it is sometime since, I see no reason
think that I have now forgotten them.