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readers. In treating on this part of the subject, it is not a very easy task, wholly to avoid that col. lision of opinions which is inseparable from free governments, and which constitutes so great a part in the annals of United America. This, however difficult, the writer has endeavoured to avoid, confining himself, as much as possible, to a history of facts, and to those only that are of

national concern. His principal object has been to present his readers with a comprehensive view of the whole, without any respect to the politics of a single state or party; and to excite, if possi. ble, a zeal for the general welfare and honour of our common country-How far he has succeed. ed in this, as well as other parts of the work, must be left to the candid reader; to whom it is now. very respectfully submitted,

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