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sistent with the character of this work, to refer its readers to the civil and political histories of America which have been already published, and to which such facts more properly belong. The compilers of these volumes claim for themselves a less extended sphere, but they do not think it is one in which they are of less service to the age, and they scarcely feel themselves too confident when they state, that in no work hitherto presented to their fellow-citizens, is there a more various and interesting mass of information, public and private, relating to events which form a prominent portion of our annals, and the distinguished men by whom those annals are adorned.

DECLARATION

of

INDEPENDENCE.

JULY 4, 1776.

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