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NARRAT I V E

OF THE

AFFAIR OF QUEENSTOWN:

IN THE WAR OF 1812.

WITH A REVIEW OF THE STRICTURES ON THAT EVENT,

IN A BOOK ENTITLED, “NOTICES

OF THE WAR OF 1812."

By SOLOMON VAN RENSSELAER.

NEW-YORK:

LEAVITT, LORD & co., 180, BROADWAY.

BOSTON :CROCKER & BREWSTER.

Entered, according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1836,

BY LEAVITT, LORD & co.
In the Clerk's Office for the Southern District of New York.

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PRE FACE.

The apology for this publication, if any is needed, may be found in that law of a soldier's nature, which prompts him to repel a base attack on the reputation of the brave and the deserving, in the same spirit with which he would meet an assault on a military post or position, which had been committed to his own special keeping. He flies irresistibly to the rescue of his comrade, when in danger, and he is always ready to thrust himself in, to receive any blow which he sees aimed at his beloved cornmander. The law of resistance is all the stronger, when he finds himself worthy to be honoured with the personal notice of the common enemy, and involved in a common peril with those with whom he stands in the relation of an intimate military connection,

A book, entitled “Notices of the War of 1812," has lately been ushered before the public, which seems to have been specially devoted to the work of detraction and calumny. It would have received an appropriate dedication, “To the spirit of all evil.” It comes to us in the guise of history, but care has been taken to work up in its constitution, just truth and principle enough

disguise the poison infused into it, without, in the least degree, diluting its strength, or weakening its virulence. It is offered professedly as a medicine, * skil

* See the preface to the book, consisting of an extract from Mabby.

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