History of Nevada, 1881, Thompson and West. [Page xv]
By the courteous invitation of the publishers, I address the readers as
editor of the ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF NEVADA. The duties of an editor
comprise those of an author as well as compiler, reviser and critic, all of
which, in this work, have been brought into service. A mass of material bad
been gathered by different parties from many sources, often conflicting,
contradictory and irrelevant, and to mould this into authentic and
consistent history has been my conscientious aim and purpose. In this work I
had recourse to many documents, books, manuscripts and papers in my
possession, and to my own intimate acquaintance with the subject. Long
anterior to the discovery of silver, and while Nevada was a part of Utah, I
had visited the Eastern Slope and written of its people and its physical
features for the California press, and upon the development of its mineral
wealth became a citizen of the embryo Territory. For many years, as editor
and newspaper writer, and as author of several publications and reports, I
have labored assiduously in making known her resources to the world, and
thus have grown familiar with her history, while her fame and prosperity
have become dear to me. Thus, in preparing this work, I have enjoyed a
pleasure where most other writers would have encountered painful toil.
Those who have rendered assistance have received the acknowledgments of
the publishers, and I also add my thanks. To Messrs. Thompson & West, I
express my obligations for their generous courtesy and kind indulgence.
Through their enlightened enterprise this great work has been accomplished,
and to them the people of Nevada should be ever grateful. The elegant
appearance of this volume, the completeness and arrangement of the matter,
and the able and liberal business management which has carried the work to a
triumphal conclusion, is due to their excellent taste and sound judgment.
With pride in the work and apologies for all imperfections, I submit the
HISTORY OF NEVADA to its readers.
MYRON ANGEL, Editor.