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Thanks to those who join with me in mourning our friend, mentor, and inspiration, Al Young. I wrote the following, which only touches the surface, this morning for the editor's page of the *Journal of the Early Republic*: At press time we also learned of the death of our friend, mentor and colleague Alfred F. Young. No one had a more salutary influence the historiography of the Revolution and early republic during the past half-century – through his writings, of course, from *The Democratic-Republicans of New York *(1967) to *The Shoemaker and the Tea Party* (1999), *Masquerade* (2004) and anthologies like *Dissent* (1968), *The American Revolution* (1976), *Beyond the American Revolution* (1993) and *Revolutionary Founders* (2011) but just as much through his remarkable patience and rigor in response to others’ work and his inspiring ability to connect historians across professional and even political divides. He was, profoundly, an organizer, as well as a craftsman who relished in the social and collaborative as well as archival and writerly aspects of the historian’s labors. A letter or email from Al was like a gift: a combination of purpose and concern, gentle prodding mixed with careful praise, useful news and mild self-criticism. As a colleague and friend as much as historian, he excelled at putting himself in another’s shoes. He combined the best of his origins and training while staying always on guard for creeping pretension, pride, illogic or ill humor. While he identified himself as an outsider, he kept all lines of communication open, and was always as generous and friendly with younger scholars as with his old friends. We can only hope to see his like again. David Waldstreicher