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BY CALEB ATWATER, A. M.
TO PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, ETC., ETC.
STEREOTYPED BY GLEZEN & SHEPARD:
Ertered according to the act of Congress, in the year eighteen hundred and
THE YOUNG MEN
This volume is respectfully dedicated to you, and as the des tiny of this great state soon will be, so this book is delivered to you for safe keeping. In writing this volume, my thoughts have always rested on you, in the full confidence that
will carry out all the great measures of your fathers; that you will rectify our errors, and keep pace with the age in which you will live. Your fathers have done more than they even ask you to do. They have even gone ahead of the age in which they lived. Their toils, sufferings and privations have been but feebly depicted by me in this work, because, I did not wish to boast in their names of what they had done, as a duty which they owed to their children.
The liberties of this country, have been preserved by those who achieved them; and their sons have also preserved them until very recently; but great efforts have been made, are making, and will be made to pull from beneath it, all the main pillars, on which our temple of liberty rests. So far as I could in this volume, place before you the principles of your fathers, as the cynosure of liberty, I have fearlessly done so.
I have every where, spoken exultingly of the future, but my young friends, candor compels me to confess, that all such