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PUBLISHED BY JOHNSON & WARNER,
AND FOR SÁLE AT THE BOOK STORES,
District of Pennsylvania, ni
Be it remembered, That on the twelfth day of June, in the twenty
“ Death of General Washington. By Richard Snowden, Esq. In
In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the U.States, intituled,
Printed by Lydia R. Bailey,
No. 10, North Alley.
TO furnish the Public with a cheap History of America, from its discovery, to its present state of civilization and importance, is an undertaking of such general utility, that the attempt, if it even fall short of complete execution, has a claim to a considerable share of indulgence. This is more especially the case, when the writer has to follow an historian of such great and just celebrity as Dr. ROBERTSON, in' at least one half of the work.
To compose such an historical epitome as is desirable, from scattered materials, is a difficulty of such magnitude, as wholly to discourage the attempt ; and to abridge the pages of so great an original, where there is nothing superfluous, nothing the reader would wish omitted, is a design, which to many will seem to border on temerity. But this abridgment has been preferred, as it is attended with the least chance of disappointment; and to borrow is not dishonourable, when the obligation is candidly acknowledged.
In what relates to South America, Dr. ROBERTSON's history has, therefore, been implicitly followed. His arrangement of the subject, his chronological order, and his very style-have been adopted, as the best that can be chosen. To condense his details, to introduce only the most prominent and characteristic events, has been the principal effort, and invariable purpose of the epitomizer: endeavouring as he progressed, to preserve unbroken, the connection and continuity of events; and in the whole, to present the reader with a brief, but interesting view, of one of the most important æras in the annals of the world.
So far the writer travelled with pleasure : but, in tracing the subsequent part, the History of North Ame,