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PREFACE

BY THE EDITOR.

AS hiography is a species of history which records

the lives and characters of remarkahle persons, it

consequently hecomes an interesting suhject, and is

of general utility. It would hei hut fair to assert,

< that almost every civilized nation on the glohe has,

. th one period or other, produced distinguished indi

j viduals in various stations of life.

Mr Jefferson, the President of the United States of America, in his "Notes on Virginia," thus speaks in answer to the assertion of the Ahhe Rnynal, that "America has not yet produced one good poet, one ahle mathematician, one man of genius, in a single art, or a single science."—" When we shall have existed as a nation," says Mr J. " as long as the Greeks did hefore they produced a Homer, the Romans a Virgil, the French a Racine and Voltaire, the English a Shakespeare and Milton, should this reproach he still true, we will inquire from what unfriendly causes it has proceeded that the other countries of Europe and quarters of the earth shall nol have inscrihed any Dame in the roll of poets. In war we have produced a Washington, whose memory will he adored while liherty shall havevotaries; whuse name willtriumph overtime, and will in future ages assume its just station among the most celehrated worthies of the world, when that wretched philosophy shall he forgotten »hich would arrange him among the degeneracies of nature. In physics, we have produced a I'liAMiUN,, than whom no one of the present age has

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