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From the Preface
IN presenting the History of Cumberland and Adams Counties to its patrons the publishers bave to acknowledge, with gratitude, the encouragement and support their enterprise has resceived, and the willing assistancerendered in enabling them to surmount the many unforeseen obstacles to be meet in the production of a work of such magnitude. To procure the materials tor its compilation, official records bave been carefully examined; newspaper files searched; mauscripts, letters and memoranda have been sought; those longest in the locality were interviewed; and the whole material so collated and and systematized as to render it easy of reference.
He who expects to find the work entirely free from errors or defects has little knowledge of the difficulties attending the preparation of a work of this kind, and should indulgently bear in mind that "it is much easier to be critical than to be correct." It is therefore trusted that the History will be received by the public in that generous spirit which is gratified at honest and conscientious effort.
The publishers have been fortunate in securing the services of a staff of efficient and painstaking historians, who have been materially assisted by the gentlemen of the press and of the various professions, by the public officals and many other citizens of both counties, of whom personal mention would gladly here be made, did space permit.