I had a terrific time over the past 7 years—yes, 7 years—researching and learning about Andrew Ellicott and particularly this story of the first international boundary between the brand-new U.S. and Spain. Elliott was just the tip of the iceberg, first I had to learn all the history of our early Republic and Spain so I could responsibly write it down. I know the phrase “labor of love”may be trite, but for me finding out about AE and his extraordinary life was an addiction. I would spend many many hours for days on end at the computer or in a Special Collection library and never get tired. I mean it. Now is the time for me to share what I know about Ellicott—the good and the bad–so that his contributions to our nation can be recognized. I would really like to hear from other people who have comments about the book. And,yes, they can be negative or positive. I can take it.