A one-volume selection of material from letters, diaries, public utterances, miscellaneous notes, memoranda, official orders and documents, which in their editing, arrangement and linking by editorial notes reads with a certain growing sense of learning to know- at first hand- the man, the soldier, the commander, the statesman. The material is chronologically arranged and divided into three periods,- The Colonial Period, The Revolutionary Period, The Presidency. From 17,000 documents the editor has made 242 selections, which reflect 46 years of events in the founding of the Republic- sometimes by direct participation, often by oblique references to events in which he had no share. His personality and his controlling, obsessive conviction of the necessity of winning through to independence are reflected in the writings from the outbreak of war on. A book for students- for schools, colleges and public libraries.