Excerpt from Fourth and Fifth Annual Addresses: Historical Sketch of Friends in Cayuga County, N. Y.; Investors and Inventions of Cayuga County, N. Y., With Illustrations and Supplement; Auburn, N. Y., 1882
It is to History, in regard to dignity and authority, that Lord Bacon assigns the preeminent place among human writings. For, to its fidelity are intrusted the examples of our ances tors; the vicissitudes of things; the foundations of civil pol icy and the name and reputation of men. But, -he adds, the difficulty is no less than the dignity. For to carry the mind in writing into the past and bring it into sympathy with antiquity diligently to examine; freely and faithfully to report, and by the light of words to place, as it were, be. Fore the eyes, the revolutions of time; the characters of per sons; the courses and currents of actions, is a task of great labor and judgment, rather because in ancient transactions the truth is difficult, to ascertain, and in modern, it is danger ous to tell.
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