Upon the varieties and uses of public records a discussion appears above (No. 3). Here is a brief list of some of the most important collections. Most of them may be had, either from the state or society publishing them, or at second hand. Single volumes or partial sets are often available. A long list of such works may be found in Channing and Hart, Guide, § 29. In many cases, parts of records are printed in the collections or proceedings of state historical societies (see No. 5 above).
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How to find Sources
Daniel Neal, The History of New- England containing an Impartial Account of the Civil and Ecclesiastical Affairs of the Country to the Year of our Lord, 1700. To which is added The Present State of New- England. 2 vols. London, 1720. — Also a later edition. —See below, No. 20.
Samuel Penhallow, History of the Wars of New-England with the Eastern, Indians [1703-1725]. Boston, 1726. — Reprinted, 1859.
Robert Proud, The History of Pennsylvania, in North America [1681-1742]. 2 vols. Philadelphia, 1797-1798. — Proud was a Quaker who came to Pennsylvania in 1759. The book was written from 1778 to 1780. — See below, No. 31.
David Ramsay, The History of the American Revolution. 2 vols. Philadelphia, 1789. — Ramsay was a member of Congress in 1782, 1783, 1785-1786, and used the documentary material of that body. His work has many merits. — See below, No. 220.
David Ramsay, The History of South-Carolina, from its First Settlement in 1670, to the Year 1808. 2 vols. Charleston, 1809.
Samuel Smith, The History of the Colony of Nova-Cœsaria, or New-Jersey. Burlington, N. J., 1765.
William Smith, The History of the late Province of New-York, from its Discovery, to . . . 1762. 2 vols. (New York Historical Society, Collections, IV-V.) New York, 1829-1830. — With documents. Smith lived in New York from his birth in 1728 to his departure as a loyalist exile in 1783. Volume II (1736-1762) is therefore contemporary.
C. Stedman, The History of the Origin, Progress, and Termination of the American War. 2 vols. London, 1794. — Really by William Thomson. A British view.
Mercy Warren, History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution. Interspersed with Biographical, Political and Moral Reflections. 3 vols. Boston, 1805. — Mrs. Warren was the sister of James Otis. Her work shows spirit and intelligence, though it is expressed in a pedantic fashion.