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\HE fifth volume of this work told the story of
events that culminated in the declaration of
American independence-or how our ancestors got into the Revolutionary war. This volume is an attempt to describe, as clearly as space limitations will permit, the events that were crowded into the period between that immortal declaration and the adoption of our national constitution—or how our patriot sires got out of their eight years' war.
In the preceding volumes, I followed official usage in writing the name of the South Carolina metropolis, Charles Town. By an act of incorporation passed on the thirteenth of August, 1783, the name was changed to Charleston, the form used in the present volume.
My obligation to Dr. Paul L. Haworth, as acknowledged in the prefaces to my fourth and fifth volumes, has been enlarged by his continued assistance. also under great obligation to Mr. Albion M. Dyer of the Western Reserve Historical Society for the suggestion of a special study of the history of the Seven Ranges and for able and energetic assistance in the prosecution thereof, and to officials and employees of the general land office at Washington City for many courtesies. To the reviewers and many others who have aided me with criticism and suggestion, and especially to my publishers who, in the matter of illustration, seem determined to push each volume into successful rivalry with its predecessor, I desire to express my grateful appreciation.
ELROY M. AVERY Cleveland, July, 1909
Introductory: Preface; List of Maps and Illustrations.
.- A general index will be found in the last volume of this work.