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A NEW SYSTEM
VIEW OF THE PRESENT STATE
WITH AN APPENDIX, CoNTAINING STATISTICAL TABLES OF
JMSTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, To Wit I
District Clerk's Office-. Bit It Remembered. That on the twenty-seventh day of August, to the forty-seventh year of the Independence of the United States of America, Sidney E. Morse, A. M. of the said District, has deposited in this Office the Title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as Author, in the words following, to wit:
A New System of Modern Geography, or a View of the Present State of the World. With an Appendix, containing Statistical Tables of the Population, Commerce, Revenue, Expenditure, Debt, and various Institution!! of '.he United States; and General Views of Europe and the World. By Sidney E. Morse, A. M. Accompanied with an Atlas.
In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, -'• An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of Vlaps, Charts and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies, luring the times therein mentioned:" and also to an Act entitled, "An Act • tipplementary to an Act, entitled, An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts and Books, to the Authors and "roprietors of such Copies during the times therein mentioned; and extendij the Benefits thereof to the Arts of Designing, Engraving and Etching 1:i.-tori«al and other Prints.1'
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I.n the best treatises on Universal Geography in the Inglish language we look in vain for that beautiful orcr and lucid arrangement which so much delight us i other sciences. In geometry we are presented with series of propositions connected together in regular rder, each growing easily and naturally out of those Inch preceded it; but in geography, though the sublet admits to a considerable extent of the same aringement, towns, rivers, mountains, colleges, and caals are thrown together without any reference to icir natural connection. Such confusion may not serijsiy incommode the man who is already thoroughly cquninted with the subject, or who consults his gcgraphy merely as a book of reference; but the stuent, who reads the work in course, and whose aim is
> get clear and connected views of a whole country, iust peruse the description again and again, before c can accomplish his object, even if the materials hich are furnished in this loose manner will allow mi to do it at all.
The natural order of description seems to require )at we should in the first place give the boundaries T a country, the divisions, capes and bays, because lese can be perfectly understood without reference
> any thing which is to come afterwards, while at the tme time the mind, by becoming familiarized with >rms which will frequently occur, is prepared in the appiest manner for the subsequent parts of the denption. After this preparation, the next step should iually be to describe the face of the country, and es"cially to draw distinctly the great mountain lines. Livers should come after mountains, because the mree in which they run is eommooly determined by