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Preface.

THE little tour which gave birth to the following remarks, was taken immediately after the exchange of the ratisications of a peace, neceflary, but not inglorious to my country, after a contest unexampled in its cause, calamity, extension, viciffitudes and glory ; amidst a people who, under the influence of a political change, hitherto unparalleled, 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 reh^druponV i)ilSmila'r' sensations, excited ;• hy their principles ahci proiree'dirigs, ever partially and irregularly known, have^ depicted, nnaccording representations of thciSi»""attd,/iu the sequel, have exhibited rather a high colored, fanciful delineation, than a plain and faithful resemblance of the original. Many are the'persons who have been thus mifled.

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

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