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Bingham, Helen M. (Helen Maria) / History of Green County, Wisconsin
(1877)

Preface,   pp. [v]-viii PDF (513.9 KB)


Page vi

VI. 
Alas, that the good mother of the house must shake 
our faith in her husband's chronology in this way! 
"No, Pa, that was the day Mary was born. I know, 
because Mrs. Jones said 'twas a pity she was n't a boy, 
she had such a good head." There is always a possi- 
bility that dates arrived at by the course just illustrated 
may be wrong; but usually there is also a great proba- 
ility thiat they are right, and when the same dates are 
obtained in two or more families, the probability be- 
comes almost a certainty. In proportion to their num- 
ber, their correctness is disputed not nearly so often as 
the correctness of later dates which are verified by the 
newspapers of their time. 
In the effort to make this history correct, a great 
many letters have been written, and a great many visits 
have been made in the several towns. Assistance has 
been received from over two hundred persons, more 
than one-fourth of whon came to the county before 
1840, somne of them before 1830. YWith all the avidity 
of Dryden's reaper, xvh(o 
fills his greedy hands, 
And binds the golden sheaves in brittle bands," 
Phave seized upon these individual gleanings fiom 
memory 's field, and bound them together. The result 


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