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Eastern District of Pennsylvania, to wtf :
BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the twentieth day of January, : L.S.: in the fifty-first year of the Independence of the United States of
America, A. D. 1827, R. W. Pomeroy, of the said District, hath de. posited in this office the title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as Pro. prietor, in the words following, to wit: “ Biography of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence.-Vol. VII.”
In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, “An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned.” And also to the act, entitled, “ An act supplementary to an act, entitled, •An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned,' and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints.”
D. CALDWELL, Clerk of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania,
The Publisher of the Biography of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, has at length the gratification of presenting to the public the three last volumes of the work. Perhaps some apology is necessary for the time which has elapsed, in bringing it to a close; yet he feels, that the delay has been attended with more advantage to his subscribers than to himself. The materials for such a work are procured alone by patience, by research and by time; family records are dispersed with the various changes of fortune and residence which are so frequent in our country; and above all, there exists too often a reluctance or negligence in communicating those incidents, which can only be preserved in the recollections of domestic life, but which when they relate to such men, become a fair portion of the general history of our country. It is believed that all the material facts in these voluir, pre (rethentic,
certainly every effort has been used to make them so; public documents, where necessary, have been carefully referred to, and much, indeed some entire lives, have been derived from those private sources, which may be considered as the most accurate. Some of the sketches are necessarily less perfect than was desirable, and occasional repetitions of historical events were not to be avoided; but it may be confidently stated, that in no work hitherto presented to the American public, is there so various and interesting a mass of information, public and private, relating to the history of our country and the distinguished men by whom its annals are adorned.
The publisher may be allowed, in closing a work which has so long occupied his attention, to express his feelings of sincere regret, that the gentleman to whose literary labours he has been so much indebted, and to whom he has referred in the advertisement of a previous volume, should not have survived to see its termination. His career was indeed short, for he was cut off in the midst of youth; but he left behind him many friends who will long remember the goodness of his heart, the quickness of his mind, and the fair promise he gave of much future usefulness.