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Southern District of New-York, ss.
E IT REMEMBERED, That on the first day of November, in the forty-eighth year of the Independence of the United States of America, Samuel Whiting, of the said District, hath deposited in this office the title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as auther and proprietor, in the words following, to wit:
"Remarks during a Journey through North America, in the years 1819, 1820, and 1821. In a series of letters: with an appendix containing an account of several of the Indian tribes, and the principle missionary stations, &c. also a letter to M. Jean Baptiste Say, on the comparative expense of free and slave labour. By Adam Hodgson, Esq. of Liverpool, Eng. Corrected, arranged, and published by Samuel Whiting."
In conformity to the Act of 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 time therein mentioned." And also to an 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 beDefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints." JAMES DILL,
Clerk of the Southern District of New-York.
J. SEYMOUR, printer, 49 John-street.
Tappan Prest. Assoc;
In presenting to the American public the present volume, the Editor flatters himself that he is subserving the cause of truth, benevolence, and piety.
The Letters of Mr. Hodgson, written during his extensive journeyings through this country, were originally published in the [London] Christian Observer. Emanating from a source so respectable, and communicated through a medium of such high authority, the publication of these Letters may be considered as the commencement of a new and better era, in the views and feelings of the people of Great Britain towards the United States-feelings, which every good man will rejoice to find are triumphing over the old and inveterate prejudices of other days.
To these Letters, the Editor has added an Appendix, containing two other interesting documents from the same hand. The first is an account of the American Indians, or rather of those Tribes which the author visited in his tour, viz. the Creeks, the Choctaws, the Chickasaws, and the Cherokees; and an interesting view of the Missionary establishments at Elliot and Brainerd: this part of Mr.
Hodgson's book will be read with high gratification by the friends of Missions to the Heathen; and it is hoped also, with profit, by those who have been either indifferent or hostile to these benevolent efforts to civilize, and to christianize, the poor benighted and degraded children of the forest.
The other document is "a Letter to M. Jean Baptiste Say, on the comparative expense of Free and Slave labour."
This letter involves a question of vast importance to the cause of Africa, and the emancipation of the millions of her wretched and injured sons.
The facts and reasonings adduced by Mr. Hodgson, must have a powerful tendency to correct some. of those false premises and worse deductions which constitute the strong hold of Negro Slavery, and which do still oppose the principal obstacles in the way of universal emancipation.
On the whole, it is presumed that the present volume will be received with peculiar favour by the American public. The writer is a partner of a mercantile house of extensive business, liberal views, and great respectability, in Liverpool. And those who shall read what he has here written, will not require to be told that he is a scholar, a philanthropist, and a Christian.
NEW-YORK, Nov. 1, 1823.
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