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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2019 12:46 p.m. PST

…. the United States and France – Vol. 1

"The present volume is the first of a projected series of early documentary material on American naval history. Its preparation and publication is in accordance with Congressional authorization, obtained at the instance of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

It is expected that ultimately the set will comprise a large number of volumes authoritatively recording from colonial times, many aspects of our early naval experiences, which have heretofore been but imperfectly known because of widely scattered and largely inaccessible source material.

The Navy Department's archives, together with other conveniently available naval collections, are at present very incomplete prior to the year 1798, which marks the beginning of the first extensive naval operations after the adoption of the Constitution. It was therefore decided to start the series with that period, in which began the Quasi-War with France, and to work forward chronologically as practicable in subsequent volumes; but also with the intention of proceeding with the collection of material in earlier dates and of publishing the same later on. Single volumes will bear no serial number so that the title, together with the dates of the events covered, will conveniently place any one of them in the series regardless of the time of its publication…."
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