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Civil and Political History of the State from its
First Exploration down to 1875.
INCLUDING AN ACCOUNT OF THE
COMMERCIAL. AGRICULTURAL. AND EDUCATIONAL
GROWTH OF INDIANA.
WITH HISTORICAL AND DESCRIPTIVE SKETCHES OF THE
Cities, TOWNS AND VILLAGES,
Interesting Narratives of Pioneer Life,
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES AND PORTRAITS
Of the Prominent Men of the Past and Present,
AND A HISTORY OF
EACH COUNTY SEPARATELY.
BY DE WITT C. GOODRICH,
PROF. CHARLES R. TUTTLE,
of Michigan," etc., etc.
SOLD ONLY BY SUBSCRIPTION.
HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRA,
Mar, 22, 1923
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1874, by
RICHARD S. PEALE & Co.,
THE PUBLISHERS, in presenting this work to the people of Indiana, do so in the belief that nothing has been left undone, calculated to produce a complete, popular, and satisfactory History of the State, that means and experience could accomplish. The work of collecting and arranging the material has occupied a long time, and it may now be stated — as it will be supported by the following pages — that no State in the Union can boast a more complete history in every important detail, than the State of Indiana. For a full description of the contents of this volume, see the regular introductory.
This History of Indiana has been gotten up at a heavy expense, in the full belief that the intelligent people of this State will not give their support to a cheap, incomplete, ureliable work, and that they prefer to pay a fair price for a satisfactory History, to a small price for a superficial one. Acting from these impressions, over five thousand dollars have been expended for engravings alone. These consist of portraits of the men of Indiana of the past and the present, who have honorably distinguished themselves in the several professions and industrial pursuits, and also of representations of the more important scenes and incidents in the history of the State.
In calling attention to the illustrations in this work, the publishers take pleasure in challenging the critic to point to one instance wherein the character or tone of a standard work has been compromised by the production of a single fact or feature. No money consideration has prompted a single action in this regard. The steady aim has been to produce a work that will stand the severest criticism of the press and public; and while, as a contribution to American literature, it may not reach the highest standard, yet, as a plain, interesting, straightforward, impartial, reliable, and complete History, it cannot fail to meet with a popular reception in every quarter of the State, and also wherever it may find its way abroad.
The reader's attention is directed to the fact that this work has not been compiled merely from the files in the State Library. These sources of information have been thoroughly overhauled, and made to contribute many valuable features, but this has constituted the smallest part of the labor connected with the work. The compilers have visited every city, town, and village in the State, and by interviewing all of the oldest settlers now living, and availing themselves of every scrap of local history preserved by the “Old Settlers' Societies," or otherwise, they have been enabled to produce a complete history of the settlement and progress of every locality. In short, this volume presents every page in the history of Indiana, from its earliest exploration by the French, down to the present day, including an interesting history and description of all the cities, towns and villages, their location, wealth, progress, advantages, and probable future, including, also, complete and accurate descriptions of the soil, productions, agriculture, commerce, manufactures, laws, educational facilities, and mineral resources.
The work has been condensed as much as its importance would permit, and depending upon a liberal support from all citizens of the State, we have placed the price so low that every reader within the State may easily procure a copy. It is sold only by subscription.