Excerpt from Cahokia Records, 1778-1790: Edited With Introduction and Notes
In the fall of 1905, the trustees of the Illinois State Historical Library appointed an advisory commission to formulate a plan for the future publications of the Library. On the recommendation of this commission it was determined that the Illinois Historical Collections should be continued and the volumes numbered consecutively, but also that series should be formed of the volumes of the Collections devoted to the same historical period, such as the French, the British, the Virginia, etc. The present volume is the first which has been published under this new plan and, as its title Shows, it is the first volume of the Virginia series. For this reason an introduction has been prepared containing the history of those years, when Illinois formed a part of the commonweath of Virginia and the government established by that state continued to exercise authority over the French villages.
Had not a prior discovery of the manuscripts imposed this selection upon me, I Should not have chosen to edit the records of Cahokia first; for, interesting as is the picture of this frontier community which they present, the central movement within the county of Illinois is best traced at Kaskaskia, and as a collection, the records of that village would ofier greater variety and interest. How rich is the material, which Still remains to be published, may be readily seen from the Introduction.
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