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tion between the Fox and Adeline. 5. Annapolis and Baltimore
American and British accounts of the capture of the Macedonian
Capture of the Caledonia and the Detroit
Battle of Queenstown
Affair at St. Regis
Cruize of the squadron on lake Ontario
Cannonading between Forts George and Niagara
General Smyth's expedition
American and British accounts of the capture and destruction of
ANNALS OF AMERICA.
§ 1. Introduction. 52. Expedition of general Hull. 53. March through
the Indian country. $ 4. Invasion of Canada. 5 5. Reconnoitering on the Thames. $ 6. Attack on the British advanced posts. 57. Fall of Michillimackinac. $ 8. Policy of Britain and America towards the Indians 59. Skirmishing. $ 10. American supplies intercepted. S 11. Battle of Maguago. $ 12. Canada evacuated. S 13. Detroit summoned. $ 14. Surrender of thc army. $ 15. Massacre at Chicago.
8 1. DURING the last thirty years the United States has been increasing in population and wealth in a ratio unparalleled in history. Within that period, its numbers have been more than doubled, while its forests have been rapidly changing into cultivated fields, and flourishing towns and villages rising, as if by magic, in the midst of the wilderness. These blessings, however, have not been entirely unalloyed. The rapid increase of wealth has introduced luxury, with its accompanying evils, and has, especially in the larger cities, considerably sullied our republican simplicity of manners. Our extensive commerce, too, has embroiled us with several of the European powers, and finally involved us in war; while the thirst for speculation which it has excited in almost every class, has undoubtedly had a demoralizing tendency, though not perhaps in the degree attributed to it by some politicians, who have placed solely to that account the want of public spirit and nationality, which has
been charged to this country. The present war, whatever ► other evils it may have introduced, has certainly checked this evil. It has raised the character of the nation in the
of foreign powers, and erected an altar of national glory on which all local prejudices have been sacrificed, and politicians of every party have joined hand in hand to celebrate the triumphs of our country.
In commencing this work, we have chosen the declaration of war against Great Britain as a point from whence to set out. Historical events in general are so closely connected, that it is difficult to give a clear account of any particular period, without VOL. II.