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PREFACE.

The committee of historians take pleasure in presenting to the public this, the twenty-second volume of Pioneer and Historical Collections, feeling confident that it will be found equal to any which have preceded it in the value and interest of the historical matter here gathered.

Let it be borne in mind that these volumes are not designed as complete histories of the whole or scarcely any one portion of the State. They are simply intended to serve as storehouses of history from which future historians can select appropriate materials for the construction of such tinished historic edifices as may hereafter be required.

Our aim then is to “gather up the fragments that nothing be lost," and preserve them in our published Collections; and by disseminating them, to place them in the reach of all.

It is not always easy to foresee precisely what character of facts will hereafter be most wanted and consequently most sought for in our volumes. Probably all classes of information relating to our State will have their interest and value and to a far greater extent than we are apt to imagine. Therefore it is that our present volume will be found to contain quite a variety of subjects.

This volume contains the proceedings of the Avnual Meeting of 1893 and the papers read at that meeting, together with other histor

ical papers.

A valuable contribution to the history of Detroit will be found in

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