Excerpt from Proceedings and Addresses at Philadelphia, Dec. 8, 1907, Vol. 18
The secret why Pennsylvania was such an insignificant figure in the recorded story of the nation's past was then laid bare to any thoughtful individual who cared to look into the situation.
Historiography in New England was, at that period, over two centuries Old; record-keeping and record-preserv ing and monument building in that locality were fixed habits, and had been for over a hundred years. The magnificent documentary histories of Massachusetts and New York were treasure houses to which Bancroft and other general historians had recourse when they told the story of the past, and incidentally, and perhaps from the necessity of the case, magnified the parts played by these peoples.
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