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XIV PREFACE Gazette a file of w h i c h Its p ortant source is the Lexington i s p reserved i n the L e x i n g t o n P u b l i c L i b r a r y o n e of t he most influential journals of the early West. c olumns, l ike those of the Palladium, w eekly i n the Western World, w ere d evoted to c ombating the inflammatory reports which appeared a nd to asserting the p atriotism o f the frontiersmen. T h e letters cited f r o m the A n d r e w Jackson M S S . are o f m oment, for the relations w h i c h subsisted between J ackson a nd B u r r h ave b een so distorted and amplified t hat any approximation to the truth is to be welcomed. I a m obliged to Messrs. W o o d b u r y and Gist B l a i r f or t ranscripts of the o r i g i n a l documents. T h e H e n r y Clay M S S . and the Breckenridge Letters w ere o pened to my inspection, and it is a pleasure to e xpress m y gratitude to T h o m a s Clay, E s q . , and to C olonel W . C. P . Breckenridge for their respective s ervices i n this connection. T h e Jefferson and M a d i s o n M S S . h ave b een examined w i t h profit. Moreover, the Department of S tate at Washington, contains a notable volume entitled " Letters i n Relation to B u r r ' s Conspiracy," the contents of which, so far as I can ascertain, h ave n ever been m ade public. T h e letters are f r o m various sources, and m any of them are extremely significant, serving to m ake clearer the whole view of the conspiracy, especially t he latter phase of it centering i n the t rial a t R ichmond. T h a t B u r r w as himself a mapmaker is k n o w n , but