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JOSHUA W. CALDWELL
The first edition of this book having been exhausted, I have decided to publish this revisal. I have called it a revised edition, because, while the substance of the first issue has been retained, it is presented, usually, in changed form, and, frequently, in different relation; and because of the large amount of new matter that has been added.
Much labor has been devoted to the preparation of this edition. The chapter on the Watauga Association contains the latest results of the researches of students of the history of Tennessee, and the legislation of North Carolina in regard to the State of Franklin is presented in detail, I believe, for the first time. The journals of the several Conventions have been re-read with care, and the minutes of the General Assembly, and the old statute books and Court reports and records have received long and laborious examination. The difficulties attending this last line of investigation, in a State where no systematic effort has been made to preserve the materials of history, can be understood, only by those who have tried it. It is my good fortune to be acquainted with the living members of the Convention of 1870 and from several of them I have received original information of great value. I have made much use of Iredell’s compila