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PREFACE.

THE following work contains an authentic narrative of many of the most remarkable and thrilling events which have occurred during the past history of the United States. Commencing with the formation of the London Emigration Company, which sent forth the first hardy and adventurous colonists to Virginia, it presents the most thrilling incidents and catastrophes of American history down to the conclusion of the second war between this country and England. Nor is the work confined merely to political and military history. It also presents a view of some of the most interesting religious and missionary movements which have been put forth at an early day for the conversion of the Indian tribes to Christianity.,

An explanation, and pezcaņs an apology, may be necessary to justify the frequent use which the writer has made throughout the work of the word "Sam.” If not properlv understood, this term will seem absurd and

in bad taste; if, on the contrary, the reader obtains the proper idea involved in it, and intended to be conveyed by it, it will not only appear justifiable but command his respect. In the popular phraseology of the day, this word has become familiar as the representative of the Government and the people of the United States. It involves also the idea of the native-born inhabitants of the land, in opposition to the foreign element which helps to make up the immense and heterogeneous aggregate of our existing population. In using this word “Sam," therefore, the author was justified, inasmuch as it is a term already familiar to most readers.

But the writer has somewhat enlarged and expanded the meaning which he attaches to this word. By it he intended to signify and embody the conception of Young America," of the “Genius of American Liberty," of the “Onward Pathway of Destiny and Empire." All these grand and imposing conceptions the writer embodies, and wishes to express, by the use of this laconic epithet; and if the reader, in perusing these diversified and checkered pages, will bear this explanation in memory, he will in all .cas38 readily, penetrate the meaning of the writer, and never : be- iäcoritmöded: by any apparent obscurity.

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