Thanksgiving Is Ruined

The Personal is Political. The Political is Personal.

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April 28, 2013
why citation

An esteemed historian once wrote words to the following effect:

I have been criticized sometimes for having too rarely cited and directly quoted my sources . . . 

It is a vain and pointless ostentation constantly to sprinkle one's page with footnoted references to well-known works, to pamphlets of little importance, and to draw attention to it. The thing that gives authority to an account is what happens next, its consequences, and its cohesion, more than the multitude of little bibliographical curiosities.

 TiR is not going to tell you who wrote the above, or where.  To do so would be vain and pointless.

Oh, OK:  It was written by this person in the 1868 preface to this work, all readable here (pdf.)