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WITH A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF SOME OF THE
PRINCIPAL EMPIRES & STATES
ANCIENT & MODERN TIMES.
FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES.
BY A CITIZEN OF MASSACHUSETTS.
OF EMPIRES AND STATES,
KEENE, N. H.
District of New-Hampshire-TO WIT.
DE IT REMEMBERED, that on the twenty-fourth day 11 l. s. || D July, in the forty.fifth year of the Independence of
l the United States of America, John PRENTISS, of the said District, hath deposited in this Office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit:
“ HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ; with a a brief account of some of the PRINCIPAL EMPIRES AND STATES OF Ar“ CENT AND MODERN TIMES.---For the use of Schools and Families. “ By a Citizen of Massachusetts.”
In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled “An Act for the encouragment of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and boks, to the authors and proprie tors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned."
PROTON RTREEVAN ? Clerk of the District
PEYTON R, FREEMAN, of Newhampshire. A true copy of record,
Attest, PEYTON R. FREEMAN, Clerk.
IN the compilation of this History of the initividual States, and the general History of the Uniter States when they acted in concert, I have encountered a task far more difficult and laborious than I had imagined before trial. Among about
thirty volumes which I consulted during the pro- gress of the work, I freqnently found dates and
statements quite variant from each other. In some few instances i could only be governed by a majority of authors, unless I could appeal to the Annals of America, by Dr. HOLMES ; on whom ho that depends may almost ever feel safe ; as he spent much time in their compilation, and had by far the greatest resources in books and manuscripts of any author who has written on the history of America.
I have also found much discrimination necessary, in the history of the individual States, ia selecting either the most interesting or most important items. My best judgment has, however, been diligently and laboriously excrcised in the execution of this task : nor shall I hesitate to claim, what I know is my due, the credit of never slightly examining; but assiduously investigating, till confident of the correctness of my statements, so far as reliance could be placed on the authors before me. :
To me it has long appeare singular that, while our schools abound with a variety of reading books for children and youth, there has never yet appeared a compendious history of the United States fitteil for our cominon schools ; than which