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A MERIC A.
"THE WEST INDIES AND THE SPANISE MAIN.“
J. B. LIPPINCOTT & Co.
Hustoo4st 100 US 100H8. 62.10 A
15 Sept. 18901
AUTHOR'S. EDITION. "****
This Edition of Trollope's “NORTH AMERICA" is published by special arrangement with the Author, ANTHONY TROLLOPE, Esq., at whose argent request it was undertaken, and to whom we pay the regular copyright.
J. B. LIPPINCOTT & CO.
PHILADELPHIA, June 20, 1862.
HARVARD UNIVERSITY ..-... LBRARY
NOV 2 i 1986
* It has been the ambition of my literary life to write a i book about the United States, and I had made up my mind to visit the country with this object before the intestine troubles of the United States government had commenced. I have not allowed the division among the States and the breaking out of civil war to interfere with my intention; but I should not purposely have chosen this period either for my book or for my visit. I say so much, in order that it may not be sapposed that it is my special purpose to write an account of the struggle as far as it has yet been carried. My wish is to describe, as well as I can, the present social and political state of the country. This I should have at: tempted, with more personal satisfaction in the work, had there been no disruption between the North and South; but I have not allowed that disraption to deter me from an object which, if it were delayed, might probably never be carried out. I am therefore forced to take the subject in its present condition, and being so forced I must write of the war, of the causes which have led to it, and of its probable termination. But I wish it to be understood that it was not my selected task to do so, and is not now my primary object.
Thirty years ago my mother wrote a book about the Americans, to which I believe I may allude as a well-known and successful work without being guilty of any undue family conceit. That was essentially a woman's book. She
saw with a woman's keen eye, and described with a woman's - light but graphic pen, the social defects and absurdities
which our near relatives had adopted into their domestic life. All that she told was worth the telling, and the tell