This volume is mainly written from a diary the author kept during a residence of two and a half years in New Mexico, and the matters contained in it are either drawn from careful personal observation, or other reliable sources. The historical portions are almost wholly obtained from official records in the office of the Secretary of the Territory at Santa Fé, and may be relied upon as correct. The beautiful drawings that adorn the work were executed by Brevet Lieutenant Colonel Eaton, U.S.A., on duty in that territory, and F.A. Percy, Esq., of El Paso, Texas, to whom I am much indebted; and I take this occasion to make my acknowledgments to them for their great kindness. With these remarks the work is submitted to the public, and if, upon perusal, the reader should find any thing in it to instruct or amuse, the author will consider his labors amply rewarded.
Davisville, Pa.,July 28th, 1856.