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PREFACE.

The little tour which gave birth to the following remarks, was taken immediately after the exchange of the ratifications of a peace, necessary, but not inglorious to my country, after a contest unexampled in its cause, calamity, extension, vicissitudes and glory; amidst a people who, under the influence of a political change, hitherto unparallelled, were to be approached as an order of beings, exhibiting a moral and political form before but little known to themselves and to the world, in the abrupt removal of habits and sentiments which had silently and uninterruptedly taken deep root in the soil of ages.

During a separation of ten years, we have received very little account of this extraordinary people, which could be relied upon. Dissimilar sensations, excited by their principles and proceedings, ever partially and irregularly known, have depicted unaccording representations of them, and, in the sequel, have exhibited rather a high-coloured, fanciful delineation, than a plain and faithful resemblance of the original. Many are the persons who have been thus misled.

These fugitive sketches, in which an attempt is made to delineate, just as they occurred, those scenes

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PREFACE.

which, to my mind at least, were new and interesting,
were originally penned for the private perusal of
those whom I esteem; and by their persuasion they
are now offered to the public eye. Amongst them I
must be permitted to indulge in the pride and
pleasure of enumerating William Hay ley, esq. a name
familiar and dear to every elegant and polished mind.
Enlightened by his emendations, and supported by
the cherishing spirit of his approval,' I approach, with
a more subdued apprehension, the tribunal of public
opinion; and to my friends I dedicate this humble
result of a short relaxation from the duties of an
anxious and laborious profession. If, by submitting
to their wishes, I have erred, I have only to offer,
that it is my first, and shall be my last offence.

Totnes, August, 1802. JOHN CARR. -

$3° The engravings which accompany this work, are of sketches made
. on -the spot by an untutored pencil, and are introduced for the
purpose of illustration only.

CONTENTS.

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