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HISTORY OF VIRGINIA,
ITS DISCOVERY TILL THE YEAR 1781.
ALL THE MOST DISTINGUISHED CHARACTERS THAT OCCUR IN
PERIOD OF OUR HISTORY.
DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA, TO WIT:
BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the fifth day of SEAL. * August in the thirty-eighth year of the Independence of
*** the United States of America, A. D. 1813, John W. Campbell of the said district, hath deposited in this office the title of a book the right whereof he claims as author in the words following to wit: “ A History of Virginia, from its discovery till the year 1781. With
“ Biographical Sketches of all the most Distinguished Characters “ that occur in the colonial, revolutionary, or subsequent period
6 of our History." By J. W. Campbell. In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, intituled, “ An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned." And also to the act, entitled, “ An act supplementary to an act, entitled “ An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned," and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving and etching historical and other prints.”
D. CALDWELL, Clerk of the District of Pennsylvania.
THE author of the following pages has en. deavoured to compress into as small bounds as possible all that is interesting in the history of Virginia. A desire to render the work accessible to those who have neither leisure nor money for voluminous publications, has perhaps led him into a degree of baldness, at least to an extreme of brevity. It is an extreme however, which the reader if not willing to approve will be most likely to pardon.
There are no doubt defects of a more serious nature than such as arise from an uncour. teous style or unskilful composition. For historical inaccuracies his only plea is, that frailty of mind and liability to err which is the lot of all. It is sufficient for him to say that he has sought truth unswayed by any bias known to himself. If he has not been so happy as always to find it, his failure affords but another proof of the imperfection of human efforts, and the va