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Still, it was not until September in the same year that a regular prospectus was offered, for 1 yet fea ed the want of matter, as well as the severe labor that I'was sensible would be come necessary to obtain it, if to be obtained at all. This prospectus contained these paragraphs:
"Believing, as we do, that the simplicity of the truth, as held forth by those who devised and executed the severance of this country from the power of a despot, has been widely departed fron, no effort on our part shall be wanting to encourage a spirit to seek after and hold on to the principles wljich appear essential to the preservation of the rights and liberties of the people of the United States; under an assurance that vigilance is the condition on which freedom is granted to us. But we enter upon the undertaking before us with considerable diffidence-fearful of the want of a just discrimi. natio', and also of time for research and reflection to do justice to the weighty concern. It seemed however, to be imposed on us as a duty, and we will execute the task as well as we can.
“The materials, though the stock is pretty large, are not yet sufficient for the extensive work contemplated. The editor of the REGISTER bas, for several years, been a collector of scraps and rare things--several gentlemen have liberally contributed articles which they would not have parted with except on an occasion like this; and others have promised us liberty to overhaul their neglected stores of old papers: but much useful matter must be in the hands of those with whom we have nor yet communicated on the subject; a.d every patriot is invited to give his aid to this collection, designed to record the feelings of the times that tried men's souls." Letters may be sent to the editor at his cost for postage, and originals will be carefully returned, if requested. When copies from maruscripts are presented, it might be well to permit us to state the source from whence they were derive d, if necessary."
The terms were also set fo: th-it was promised that the volume should contain between four and five hundred pages, and cost, in sheets, the sum of three dollars. A view to pecuniary profit was disavowed—it had nothing to do with the origin or progress of the work, and if a reasonable, allowance for inuney and time expended is afforded by its sale, it will be as much as ever has been expected.
I had no sooner fairly committed myself than I regretted it—the patriots of the revolution did not make speeches to be unattended to by their brethren in congress and fill up the columns of newspapers*. They only spoke when they had something to say, and preferred acting to talking-very unlike the legislators of the present time. I plainly saw that great difficulties would oppose themselves to the fulfilment of my promise-- I feared that more was expected of me than any man could dom for the facts that were manifest to my mind could not be appreciated by all: my pride, (an honest one, I trust), was alarmed—but, in obedience to a fised rule that I have adopted for my own conduct, 1 resolved to meet the difficulty presented and conquer it by perseverance-if I could. To give some idea of the quantity of books and papers that have been looked into to effect this compilation, I think that I do not exaggerate when I say that they were sufficient to load a cart, and hours on hours have been spent in the service without the least profit. Perhaps, I was unlucky or unwise that my attention was not directed to the proper sources; it may be sombut of this I am satisfied, that very few of the “soul-stirring” speeches of the revolutionary period remain to warm the hearts of a grateful posterity: they were pronounced to be heard, not published.
With this b ief narrative, I subunit the work to the liberality of my countrymen, American republicans-in the firm belief that, if I have not accomplished all that was hoped for by svine, it will appear that others are agreeably disappointed; and I am satisfied that good will result from the publication of this collection: it will rescue from oblivion
many things that were hastening to it, and lay the foundation, perhaps, of a more extensive and much more perfect work, which I shall always keep in my view.
In explanation it is necessary further to observe, that the leading object of this volume. was to shew the feelings that prevailed in the revolution, not to give a history of events; hence, all matters of the latter class have been rejected, except as immediately necessary to shew the effects of feeling. The volume, also, might have been more acceptable if a greater degree of order had been observed as to dates, &c.; but it was almost impossible to approach regularity, in this respect, as well from the nature of things as from the occasional attention, only, that I was able to give to the work--but any inconvenience on this account is obviated by the copious index, o: table of contents prefixed Two articles have been, unfortunately, inserted twice---but, as they are of an excellent quality, I shall not be sorry for it, if the error causes them to be twice read. Many notices of proceedings, &c. are given only to indicate the general conduct of the people on such occasions as they have reference to.
*The earl of Dartmouth asked an American in London, (whose name we cannot call to mind at present), of how many members the congress consisted? the reply was "fifty-two,” “Why that is the number of cards in a pack,” said his lordship"how many knaves are there?" "Not one," returned the republican—"please to recollect that knaves are court cards!".
move the troops from Boston, 211; his speech
J. Trumbull, R. Cranch, S. Cooper, &:. 322, sav.ges, 276; his remarks on the declaration
477 Confederation, Druyton's speech on the articles of
setts to the inhabitants of Great Britain, 205; Congress-Virginia delegates to 201; meeting of
States, 1779, 407; held at New York, in 1765,
302 210; his letter to gov. Gage, 437; revolu.
486 Con ributions, (voluntary), to furnish supplies
for the army
son, 591; procession with his effigy, 391 capture, 268; a letter from gen. Washington,
160 as to the plans laid to capture him, 272; ex-
268 Cunningham, the infamous capt. his confession 274
414 Davis, col. bis journal kept at Yorktown 465
415 Dawes, Thomas, bis oration at Boston, 1781, 47
Declaration of rights, the draught of Geo. Mason,
A-ctions, 481; persons proscribed at, 374 the stare of things, 1775, 257; Correspondence
of Marclı, 1770, when a number of citizens 258, 259; letier of z. G. to the committee at
of a member of the legislature, by the light
Ito 59 thereon, 261; correspondence of Cesar and
367 in 1776, 72, 81, 92; his speech in the general
264 Dunmore, lord, bis letter to gen. liowe, 1775, 138;
469 Effingham, lord, resigns his command in the
425 Ellery, Wilbarn, one of the signers of the decla.
300 Estaing, the count de-his deciuration in the
72, 81, 92 Eulogium, by julge Brackenridge, (1779) on
those who had fallen in the contest with
Ledyard, col. and others of their fate, &c. at
Lee, gen. his correspondence with gen. Burgoyne,
Letter from a lady to a British officer 305; from
marks on holding Canada as a 'check' 487 Lexington, the battle of, mentioned in a letter
from a lady, 305; some curious particulars
of the affair, 326; receipt of the news 470
Livingston, gov. of New Jersey, his able and spi-
to the legislature, 1777, 270; his remarks on
the liberty of conscience
420 Manufactures, &c. recommended, 181, 182, 184,
Martin, gov. of N. Carolina, his proclamation, 134
Maryland-a letter from addressed to the earl
of Dartmouth, 144; various proceedings re-
specting the importation of British goods,
1769, 167; do. in relation to the Boston port
bill, 172, 173; patriotic recommendations
for a meeting of deputies respecting manufac-
tures and home industry, 181; case of James
Christie, 222; address to count Rochambeau,
398; address of the general assembly to the
Mason, Jonathan, his oration at Boston, 1780 41
George, of Va.-many interesting parti-
culars of, with a copy of his draugbt of a de.
claration of rights, and extracts from several
Massachusetts-gen. Gage's proclamation, 1775,
136; proclamation of the general court, Jan.
1776, 142; address of the legislature to gen.
Washington and his reply, 143; Boston in-
structions, 156; Malden do. 156; proceedings
specting in Maryland, 167, 169; do in Va. 198 the Boston port bill, 172, 173, 174, 179, 180,
432 proceedings respecting the civil government
vincial congress to the inhabitants of Great
Britain, 2005; gov. Hutchinson's speech to the
by the same, 253; resolutions adopted May
28, 1773, 294; letter to the speakers of the
assemblies of other colonies, 295; proceed-
ings in respect to certain letters, 295; ex.
tract from the governor's message and reply,
Jan. 1774, 296; message to gov. Gage, same
year, 297; address of the provincial congress,
Dec. 1774, 298; refusal of a jury to be im.
pannelled, 319; Hutchinson's divide et impera
420; recruiting service, 423; address to the
der in chief and others, when Philadelphia congress to the people of Great Britain, 1775,
334 tion for a public thanksgiving, 436; test act,
Mawhood, a British col. bis proposition and the Pennsylvania-Brackenridge's eulogium 119;
463 proceedings at Philadelphia about certain
427 teas imported 170; address of a convention
52 ings on the Boston port bill 179; speech de.
211 livered at Carpenter's Hall 202; declaration
485 of the deputies, June 24, 1776, 252; remon-
326 fined in the free mason's lodge, Sept. 4, 1777,
Philadelphia 333 to 335; address of the de.
puties of the colony to the people, June,
1776-379; ordinance defining treason 417;
Old men's company 420; act respecting per-
sons scrupulous of bearing arms, ib. on the
monopoly of salt
Petition of the Americans residing in London 332
Philadelphia-original details of events while
the British occupied this city 333; glorious
463 act of gratitude of a sheriff* 363; ancient
state of things at
330 Prisoners, the treatment of at New York, by Cun.
rolina 134; of gen. Gage at Boston, offering
136; by the general court of Massachusetts
Bay, 1776, 142; of gen. Washington at Bos.
ton, 1776, 143; of lord Dunmore, 1775, 373;
Washington on the bombardment of New
Ramsay, Dr. David, his oration on independence,
447 Retaliatory measures recommended by congress,
Rhode Island-oath exacted of the people of by
Robertson, gen. his correspondence with gov.
Livingston respecting certain traitors 268
Rochambeau, count de-addressed by the peo-
ple of Baltimore and the general assembly
Rodgers, Dr. extract from one of his sermons 361
Tbomas, letters from him 341, 342, 343, 344
404 Sedition-an act of S. Carolina respecting 150
249 extract from Dr. Rodgers on the destruc-
tiori of the churches during the war, &c. Tryon, William, his letter to gov. Trumbun me
473 rucker, commodore, interesting particulars of
215 Tudor, William, his oration at Boston, 1779 36
Drayton's charge 72; others by the same naval service of the U. S.-her battles, &c. 370
Virginia-interesting facts of George Mason-.
his declaration of righ's, and sundry letters
123; Dunmore's letter to Howe 158; pro-
ceedings in the convention thereon 139; co.
py of the oath extorted by Dunmore 141;
pric-edi gs at Norfolk on the Boston port
bill 180; do, at Williamsburg, Fredericks.
burg, Hanover, & on the removal of ceriain
arms and munitions of war, 1775 186; asso-
ciation respecting the import of British
goods, slaves, seas, &c. and recommending
manufacturas 198; ins ructions to the dele.
gates to congress 201; do, to the delegates of
Cumberland county 211; further instruc-
tions to the delegates in congress-respecte
ing & hill of rights-oasis drink and the
Union fig unfuried, May 15, 1776, 251; de.
bate on Henry's motion to pa the coiony in
a state of defence, 1775 307; the people
called to arms. 1779, 381; the test of 1776,
446; instructions to Messrs. Lewis and
Warren, Dr. Joseph-his oration at Boston 1772,
oration on the re-interiuent of his remains
sion of Boston, 1776, with the address of the
490 to 495
with gen. Lacey 333; interesting let'ers to
food 335, 337, 338; to congress shewing his
embarrassments, June, 1700, 337; acceptance
of the command of the army 350; his letter
370 to congress, 1776, 350; general orders, 1783,
353; circular to the states, 1783. 354; resig-
421 nation of his command 359; first speech io
congress under the constitution 359; his or.
Ware 361; in want of a pen knife 369; address
to the inhabitants of Canada 423, his procla-
434; addressed at New York
Welsh, Thomas, bis oration at Boston, 1783 55
470 Woman, sentiments of an American, 1780 389
the surrender of Cornwallis
417 Yorktown, interesting particulars of affairs at