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In the preparation of this volume I am under repeated obligations to the many thousand correspondents of the Office, who have supplied the sources from which its contents lave largely been derived.
I am also indebted to the trained and laborious corps of employés in this Office for steady work and intelligent co-operation' in the preparation of this volume, and for useful help in other directions. I desire to express my special sense of obligation to Dr. Charles Warren, statistician; to Miss Annie Tolman Smith, translator; and to Mr. Henderson Presnell and Mr. Frederick E. Upton, clerks of this Bureau.
My indebtedness to yourself and to the officers of the Department is manifold. The Public Printer and his principal assistants have given help whenever needed, and without stint or delay. I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
N. H. R. DAWSON,
Commissioner. The Hon. L. Q. C. LAMAR,
Secretary of the Interior.