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District of Permont, to wit :
DE IT REMEMBERED, that on the twentieth day of January, in the thiri
ninth year of the independence of the United States of America, Messrs. (L. S.)
Fay and Davison, of the said district have deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words following, to wit:
“Sketches of the War between the United States and the British Isles intended as a faithful history of all the material events from the time of the declaration in 1812, to and including the
treaty of peace in 1815: interspersed with geographical descriptions of places. and biographical " notices of distinguished military and naval commanders."
In conformity to the act of the congress of the United States, entitled "an act for the encourage ment of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned.”
JESSE GOVE. Clerk
of the District of Vermont. A true copy, Examined and sealed by
J. GOVE, Clerk,
** READERS, Who may not have perused this work, as it progressed from the press, will perceive, that these numbers were commenced, and that part of them were written for a family record, while the war was continually proclaiming its events from the embattled field. Hence, the work, from a seeming necessity, and from the then unknown duration of the war, assumed its present form. Had all the events herein registered in our numbers been matter of history, before the first was printed, they would have enabled us to have given to this work a more dignified character. Perhaps, however, what we may lose in respect, the reader may gain in in rmation. The simple “unvarnished tale” often more instructs than the leisurely composed and rounded periods of some better writer, but semi-romantic historian,
inilitia, by act ot' congress of the 12th April, 1816-Instructions for private armed vessels,
and Caledonia-Biography of Captain Elliot,
the command of the Chesapeake-Action with
and loss of the Chesapeake
of the Argus-Biography of Captain Allen,
CHAPTER XXIX. -Northem army-Battle at La Cole-Attack on Oswego-Geographical
Colonel Forsyth. &c.
-Death of General Swift-Army movements and battle at Bridgewater-Biograpby of Ge.
the Niagara frontier-Action at Lyon's creek-Evacuation of fort Erie-Biography of Gen.
To our fellow citizens we do not promise a perfect and an im. partial history of this war. To depict with perfect accuracy the embattled plain, while the roar of cannon yet lives in our ears, and the dust, excited by the conflict, yet obscures the contending legions, is more than the discerning public will demand or we can perform. The agitations of the flood may distort and render indistinct the images which the sun has painted on its bosom. We profess to love our country, feel for its honour and hope for its glo. ry. With this partiality, though we would, we may not always be just. We may also be embarrassed by the necessary policy of war, which conceals as much as possible, that the enemy by no chance of information may profit. Any occasional excess of feel. ing in us may usually be either restrained or rendered harmless to others, as we shall endeavor to collate official or other accredited public documents, to present rather faithful sketches of the war, than ourselves as historians, imposing upon the world the hasty deductions of our own mind, perhaps often partial and incorrect. In the compilation of this work, in which genius can take no part, we would labor to exhibit concisely and truly this war to our citizens. By the method attempted to be pursued, the illusions of fancy, and the vagaries of a distorted imagination will be exeluded The present is a nameless moment. Political partizans, like prophecy, effect not the past ; they operate only on the future..... In this presage, even honest men have differed, may now differ, and will hereafter differ : but the evidence of the past is testimony growing into historic fact. The curses of the law are against him who perverts it. This is a hallowed ark, which no man may touch.
from our pages
One, whose political sentiments differ from those of the publishers, being associated with this press, for the sole purpose of compiling these sketches of the war, opposite politics will balance in even scales, and our patrons may less apprehend any of the excesses of party.
The work shall be for our country, truth shall be our aim, and we hope a general patronage our reward. Surely no good citizen would be regardless, and no proud one ignorant of the martial achievements of our country. Useful to ourselves and to posterity may be the knowledge of the causes, which have occasionally operated victory or disgrace to our arms. It is profitable to be taught, even by the enemy, and to learn from defeat to achieve victories.
When believed to be necessary for understanding the subject, geographical descriptions and biographical sketches will be interspersed, and every elucidation, which we may be enabled to give, shall appear on our pages. With the generous patronage of our fellow citizens, our mountains may echo the storm of battle, and the gleam of the sword of our warriors be seen afar.