A Copper County Diary by George H. Cannon
Sullivan, John W.
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In editing this diary for Mrs. Atwater, my purpose was to make the manuscript accessible to the average reader, while preserving its historical authenticity. To that end, I have kept my alterations of Mr. Cannon's original text to a minimum. His words and phrasings have not been changed, except in the few cases where such adjustment was absolutely necessary to maintain clarity. My main weapons were the comma and the period, used to halt mad run-ons, and to clarify and separate some very convoluted sentences. Most frequently, simple nouns or verbs, such as "we" or "were", have been added to create a complete sentence from a fragment. Contrary to general practice, I have not bracketed each of these interpolations, to avoid the resulting problems with readability.