Excerpt from History of the Mennonites: Historically and Biographically Arranged From the Time of the Reformation; More Particularly From the Time of Their Emigration to America
This volume, containing brief sketches of the Mennonites in America, beginning with the first settlement and organization at Germantown, Pa., is the result of researches originally intended as sketches for the public press, but at the earnest solicitation of many friends it is now offered in its present form, as a memorial of the two hundredth anniversary of their first organization in America.
A history of the Mennonites, and more especially of those in America, is a task surrounded with many difficulties. But few collections of their books exist in America; in many of their churches no records have been kept, or have been lost; and many old and valuable papers and records that did exist, which would have been the ordinary source of information, have been destroyed or lost, not being regarded at the time of any value.
Material facts have been diligently sought after and patient labor cheerfully bestowed upon the work; events and facts have been gathered, both from American and European sources, in order to make it a valuable work for the present and future generations.
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