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DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, 88. BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the twenty-seventh day of November, in the fortieth year of the Independence of the United States of Americą,.J. Belden & Co of the said district, have deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereo they claim as proprietors, in the words following, to wit:
“Letters on the late War between the United States and Great Britain: toge ther with other Miscellaneous Writings, on the same Subject. By William Cob bett, Esq;"
In conformity to the act of Congress of the United States, 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
;' and also to an act, entitled, “ An act, supplementary to an act, entitled an act foj 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, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching histo rical and other priņts."
A PREFACE, in many instances, may be said to be an apology to the public for the entertainment which the author or publisher is about to set before his readers; and, conscious of the inferiority of the viands, of the defect in cookery, or the misarrangement of the table, he is induced to make known his disappointment at what he intended should be a treat, and to ask the pardon of his guests.
Considering a preface in this light, we should not pretend to offer one to our readers. We have no apology to make for the contents of this volume: it contains the writings of a man, on the concerns of America, whose energetic pen has been, for twenty years, employed in political discussions, and who, from the boldness and originality of his style, as well as from his perspicuity of expression, has received the current approbation of the generality of English readers, and even silenced the pen of invidious criticism. We are aware that all we could
we could say, either in favour of, or against these letters, would not add an atom to their merit, or detract from the prejudice which
many may feel towards them; but we consider it a duty that we owe to the public, to state our opinion of the writer, and our inducements to their publication.