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ACCOMPANIED WITH TABLES, ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE
BY TIMOTHY PITKIN,
A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF the United STATES,
DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT, ss.
(SEAL.) BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the twelfth day of January, in the fortieth year of the independence of the United States of America, TIMOTHY PITKIN, of the said district, deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as Author, in the words following, to wit:
"A statistical view of the commerce of the United States of America: its connection with agriculture and manufactures: and an account of the public debt, revenues, and expenditures of the United States. With a brief view of the trade, agriculture, and manufactures of the colonies, previous to their independence, accompanied with tables, illustrative of the principles and objects of the work. By TIMOTHY PITKIN, a member of the house of Representatives, of the United States, from the State of Connecticut."
In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United State, 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.".
HENRY W. EDWARDS,
Clerk of the District of Connecticut.
THE greater part of the following collection of tables and facts was made without any view to publication. Being shewn to some of our friends, they thought it would be useful, that additions should be made to it, of other important tables, relative to the same subject, scattered through a mass of public documents, which few possessed, or were able to procure, without great expense; and that the whole, in a condensed form, should be presented to the public.
Influenced, in no small degree, by their wishes and opinions, we consented to the undertaking. The original plan was enlarged, by adding a brief review of the state of the Colonies, relative to commerce, agriculture, and manufactures, previous to their independence.
Statistical enquiries have been less the subject of attention in America, than in Europe. During the last fifty years, many statistical works have appeared, giving particular accounts of the power, wealth and resources of most of the European nations.
As the United States have been considered, and justly so, as the second commercial nation in the world, it cannot be uninteresting to every American citizen, to become acquainted with the facts, tending to shew, that they are entitled to this rank.
That enquiries of this nature are useful and important, in many respects, is acknowledged by all, who have attended to them. They are particularly so, to merchants, and to all, who are concerned, in the management of national affairs: and every individual must feel an interest, in obtaining a knowledge of the wealth and resources of his own country.
As necessarily connected with the subject of our enquiry, we have given a view of the public debt, revenues, and expenditures, from the commencement of the government, to as late a period as we were able, from official documents, to which we