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"With sweeteft flow'rs enrich'd
....• "Collecta revirefcunt."
VOL. II. No. 1
THE SECOND ÉDITION,
PHIL À DEL PH I A:
MARQUIS DE LA F A YETTE,
L ATE MAJOR-GENERAL
IN THE SERVICE OF THE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
AN INTREPID SOLDIER,
A SKIL FUL COMMANDER,
AN ARDENT LOVER OF LIBERTY,
A DISINTERESTED PATRIOT,
A TRUE PHILANTHROPIST,
IS RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED
BY HIS OBLIGED
AND GRATEFUL SERVANT,
Lewes, July 26, 1787.
EMBRACE with pleasure the opportunity offered by the commencement friends and the public, for the indulgence and protection the American Mufeum has experienced,
It began under fingular disadvantages. So far was public opinion against it, and so very confined were the expectations formed of a work which profeld to be void of originality, and to be, in some measure, only a hand-maidro de news-papers, that, at the appearance of the first number, there were not twenly fubicribers. This circumstance did not in the least discourage me. Perfectly satisfied, that such a publication was highly necessary, and mul prove of ellential service to the publichat the want of it had consigned many invaluable pieces to oblivion—and that, among an enlightened people, it only required to be known, in order to meet with suitable encouragement- I looked forward, with confidence, to the day when the list of fubfcribers should attain that degree of respectability it now possesses, both as to numbers, and the characters that compofeii. My hope, however visionary it might then appear, has not deceived me.
It is not, I trust, at the present time, necessary to expatiate largely on the falutary tendency of this performance which seems to be universally admitted by those who have inspected it: a few remarks, for those who have noi, w !! fuffice. Whoever examines the past numbers, will find various essays, written in the most masterly manner, with the most benevolent and patriotic intentions, and as well calculated to promote the happiness of society, as likely to answer that important end. Most of these had made their first
appearance in news-papers; and with them had been thrown aside and forgotten, although deserving of the molt careful preservation. They are now rescued from that unworthy fate: and their good effects are likely to extend beyond the present generation. This alone would be sufficient to satisfy every candid person of the utility of this undertaking: however, another observation yet remains to be made. In the first volume, independent of the smaller pieces, there have been given several entire pamphlets, which, as fold separately, amount to considerably more than double the subscription for it. For infance : --Common Sense* --Address to the Armies of Americat--Poem on the Happiness of America I-M'Fingal |--General Washington's celebrated circular letter Enquiry into the principles of a commercial system for the united states -and the chief of dr. Ladd's Poems **.
An opinion has been entertained, that it would be impossible to procure matter fufficient to supply the work. This opinion is extremely ill-founded, After seven months publication, the materials which I had previously prepare ed, are not perceptibly diminished, to say nothing of a great accumulation during that period. Moreover, as the plan extends to lectures, orations, and pamphlers--and as it is not confined to writings on any subject, or of any age or country (althongh American publications, caeteris paribus, shall always meet a preference) but has all the literary fores of ancient and mor dern times to range through, there is not the most distant reason to appre. bend a scarcity,
After a careful examination of the various shoals on which periodical public cations have been wrecked, in this and other countries, I am in dread of only
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