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627 > Page 627 of George Rogers Clark papers, 1771-1784 / edited with introduction and notes by James Alton James. (vol. 1)

APPENDIX The letter relating to the death of Logan's family was written nine years after the time when he was en- gaged on the Memoir.' This letter has been accepted as among the most trustworthy evidence on that episode. Referring to Clark at that time, Samuel Brown, through whom the letter was secured, wrote Jefferson: "To those who have the happiness of being acquainted with that truly great man, his statement will bring the fullest conviction. His memory is singularly accurate, his veracity unquestionable. To such a respectable authority I can suppose no one capable of objecting, except Mr. Luther Martin." John Pope describes an interview with Clark during 1791 as follows: "Arrived at his house under an appre- hension that he had forgotten me. He immediately recognised me and, without ceremony, entered into a familiar though desultory conversation, in which I was highly pleased with the Atticism of his wit, the genuine offspring of native genius. On serious and important occasions, he displays a profundity of judgment aided by reflection and matured by experience. - In the further attempt to reach some conclusion on the trustworthiness of the Memoir, comparison has been made wherever possible with other documents of the period. The results are, in general, indicated in the notes accompanying the Memoir. There is abundant proof that Clark, when entering upon the task, strove to collect all his correspondence which bore on the various phases discussed. That he made use of it is evident from his own annotation, such as: l For the account of this letter, see ante, 3 et seq. 2John Pope, Tour in the Western and Southern Territories in 1790 (Rich- mond, 1792), 19. 627