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“ Facts truly stated are the best applauses or most lasting reproaches."

"The history of the origin and development or progress of every subject is of great importance,
because every thing relating to it can then be shown concentrated, as it were in a mirror, be
clearly seen, and correctly judged of."




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ENTERED, according to the act of congress, in the year 1835, by George S. WHITE, in the clerk's office of the district of Connecticut.


Being always convinced that without an investigation of the early state and progress of manufactures in Philadelphia, my work would be very imperfect, I resolved on publishing the volume in this city, expecting that, during my residence for the necessary attention to the printing, I should be able to examine the evidences of its early attention to manufactures. But I was not aware of the amount of interest on this subject, which had been manifested in Pennsylvania, from its early settlement. As an entire stranger in the city, I should have been much cramped in my investigations, had it not been for the liberal assistance afforded me by Dr. Mease, who entered into my design with ardour, and with enthusiastic patriotism. I am especially indebted to that gentleman, for opening to me avenues of information, which have enabled me to obtain as much useful matter as would of itself fill a volume :my limits oblige me to make a selection. But I thus publicly express my obligations to Dr. Mease for the constant and unwearied pains he took to afford me every facility for the attainment of my object, which, as I had no personal claims on his attention, must have arisen from the deep interest he took in the subject. I fear that I have presumed on his goodness, and intruded on time which would otherwise have been devoted to a valuable work that he is preparing for the press, and thereby retard a publication anxiously expected by the citizens of Pennsylvania : in so doing I ought not only to apologise to him, but to ask pardon of the public, considering that he is himself engaged in preparing for the press a work on the Geography and Statistics of Pennsylvania.

To other gentlemen of this favoured city, I return thanks, without taking the liberty of designating them; which, however, if I felt authorised to do, their names would add greatly to the respectability of my work.

Philadelphia, April 181h, 1836.

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