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THE HON. WALTER FORWARD,
It appears to be entirely proper that a work such as this, of which the like has scarcely ever been attempted under any other Government, but which would certainly have been a convenience to all, should be ushered before the public under the auspices of some patron name or names, if not as sponsors for the performance, at least as approvers of the design. Without assuming that each of you would be sponsors for the execution of the present work, there can be none to whom it could be more appropriately inscribed than to you, gentlemen, whose names I have taken the liberty to prefix to this Dedication: the first, who authorized its undertaking; the second, who approved it in its progress; and the third, who extended his sanction to its completion and has favored its execution with his high commendation. I therefore beg, gentlemen, you will be pleased to accept it as a result of your several good opinions entertained of the performance of so intricate and laborious an enterprise: and permit me to assure you I shall ever be grateful for the confidence thus reposed in
Your very respectful
And obedient servant,
In Chapter II, page 34, article 228, for “ instructions,” read instruction.
II, page 61, at the end of note (32,) omit the reference to “Appendix, No. 1."
III, page 133, in note (61,) fifth line, for "communication,” read enumeration.
THE ORIGIN, CHARACTER, AND ANALYSIS OF THE WORK.
*The definition of "America" was not incorporated in Article 12, referring to it, in Chapter I, page 3, on account of its manifest inaccuracies; but as its omis-
"'America. This word, as used in the act of 220 February, 1805, supplementary to former Collection laws, is general, and has been considered by the Trea-
sury Department as embracing all places lying north (and south] of the equator, and situated on the eastern shores of the northern and southern continents and
their adjacent bays and gulfs, as well as the islands generally denominated the 'West Indies." C's cir. January 23, 1818; V. 1, p. 358.
ure, libel, &c.—and Quarterly returns of Fines, Penalties, and
(Returns of Fines, Penalties, Forfeitures, &c., with distri-