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Excerpt from Guide to Materials for the History of the United States in the Principal Archives of Mexico
Moreover, I can not hope to have exhausted the resources of the Mexican archives or even of those which I examined. The discovery of historical materials, particularly by a foreigner in a country where historical studies and archive science are in their infancy, is often the result of accident, however much of systematic search and inquiry may be devoted to the task. Couse quently it is probable that important things which I have overlooked will be brought to light in the very places where I have worked. Materials which at the time when I made my investigations were in such a condition as to pre clude their proper examination - and they were not a few - will be put in order, and may yield important documents to future investigators, while large groups of manuscripts which seemed to promise relatively too little to war rant examination within the time available may prove to have rich contents. Some archives which presumably contain valuable material for the history of the United States were consciously passed by simply for lack of time. Other repositories, public or private, which were unconsciously missed, are quite certain to come into notice later.
In Short, it is requested of users of this book that they view it as in the nature of a preliminary report, based upon what was actually found, prepared wholly for utilitarian purposes, and not regarded by the compiler as in any sense a definitive treatise on the Mexican archives. It may be regarded as a compilation of notes, taken by one primarily interested in knowing and record ing the whereabouts and nature of materials for United States history, and put in the most convenient form consonant with that purpose.
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