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"Civitas, incredibile memoratu est, adepta libertate, quantum brevi creverit."-Sallust.







Southern District of New-York, ss

BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the 22d day of August, in the year of the independence of the United States of America, Charles W of the said District, hath deposited in this office the title of a boo right wherefore he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to v History of the United States, from their First Settlement as Colc to the close of the War with Great Britain, in 1815.

"Civitas, incredibile memoratu est, adepta libertate, quantum creverit."- Sallust.

In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, en "An Act for the acouragement of Learning, by securing the copi Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such co during the time therein mentioned" And also to an Act, entitled Act, supplementary to an Act, entitled an Act for the encourageme Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, t authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein tioned, and extending the bencfits thereof to the arts of designing, en ing, and etching historical and other prints."

JAMES DILL, Clerk of the Southern District of New-Yo:

Ar a meeting of the American Academy of Language and Belles Lettres, held at the City-Hall, in the city of New-York, October 20, 1820,-Hon. Brockholst Livingston, First Vice President, in the chair; Rev. John B. Romeyn, D. D. Clerk, the following preamble and resolution, offered by W. S. Cardell, Esq. seconded by the Rev. Doctor Wainwright, were unanimously adopted:

As the proper education of youth is, in all communities closely connected with national prosperity and honor; and as it is particularly important in the United States, that the rising generation should possess a correct knowledge of their own country, and a patriotic attachment to its welfare:

RESOLVED, that a premium of not less than four hundred dollars, and a gold medal worth fifty dollars, be given to the author, being an American citizen, who, within two years, shall produce the best written history of the United States, and which, with such history, shall contain a suitable exposition of the situation, character, and interests, absolute and relative, of the American Republic: calcu lated for a class-book in academies and schools. This work is to be examined and approved by a committee of the institution, in reference to the interest of its matter, the justness of its facts and principles, the purity, perspicuity, and elegance of its style, and its adaptation to its intended purpose.

By order of the Academy,

ALEX. Mc LEOD, Rec'g. Sec'ry.

The undersigned, being appointed a committee with ful powers to examine the several works submitted, and award the medal and premium in pursuance of the above resolution, having perused four books offered by different authors, according to the conditions required, have selected one as being the best of the four; and after referring it to its author for such minor corrections as might render it more acceptable to the public, do now finally adjudge said medal and premium to be due to the writer of the work recently printed, entitled,

"A HISTORY of the UNITED STATES, from their first Settlement as Colonies, to the close of the War with Great Britain, in 1815.

"Civitas, incredibile memoratu est, adepta libertate. quantum brevi creverit."-Sallust.

WM. P. VAN NESS, com




THE following work was begun many years since: the appearance, soon after, of several books, on a plan nearly similar, and the want of sufficient leisure, induced the Author to relinquish his design. Perceiving, from the subsequent offer of a premium for the best written work of the kind, that another was wanted, he resumed and completed his undertaking.

It was his purpose to present a correct and interesting narrative of all the important events in the history of his country to exhibit, in a strong light, the principles of political and religious freedom which our forefathers professed, and for which they fought and conquered; to record the numerous examples of fortitude, courage, and patriotism, which have rendered them illustrious; and to produce, not so much by moral reflections, as by the tenor of the narrative, virtuous and patriotic impressions upon the mind of the reader. It was his aim to render the book worthy to be read, not only in the academies and schools of his country, but by that very numerous portion of his fellow citizens, who have seldom the opportunity to peruse more voluminous productions; and by those who might wish to review their studies, and fix in their memory the succession of events; and it was also his aim to exhibit a style which should be correct and pure; should be free from ambitious ornament, and from those faults with which the writers of this country have been too justly charged. He by no means supposes that he has accomplished all he aimed at.

It was thought indispensible that a history, intended to be accessible to all, should contain some account of the

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