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...... Still, it was not until September in the same year that a regular prospectus was offered, for 1 yet fea ed the want of matter, as well as the severe labor that I'was sensible would become necessary to obtain it, if to be obtained at all. This prospectus contained these paragraphs:
"Believing, as we do, that the simplicity of the truth, as held rth by those who devised and executed the severance of this country from the power of a despot, bas been widely departed from, no effort on our part shall be wanting to encourage a spirit to seek after and hold on to the principles which appear essential to the preservation of the rights and liberties of the people of the United States; under an assurance that vigilance is the condition on which freedom is granted to us. But we enter upon the undertaking before us with considerable diffidence-fearful of the want of a just discrimination, and also of time for research and reflection to do justice to the weighty concern. It seemed however, to be imposed on us as a duty, and we will execute the task as well as we can.
“The materials, though the sock is pretty large, are not yet sufficient for the extensive work contemplated. The editor of the Register has, for several years, been a collector of scraps and rare things-several gentlemen have liberally contributed articles which they would not have parted with except on an occasion like this; and otbers have promised us liberty to overhaul their neglected stores of old papers: but much useful matter must be in the hands of those with whom we have not yet communicated on the subject; and every patriot is invited to give his aid to this collection, designed to record the feelings of the times that tried men's souls." Letters may be sent to the editor at his cost for postage, and originals will be carefully returned, if requested. When copies from manuscripts are presented, it might be well to permit us to state the source from whence they were deriv. d, if necessary.'
The terms were also set forth it was promised that the volume should contain between four and five hundred pages, and cost, in sheets, the sum of three dollars. A view to pecuniary profit was disavowed-it had nothing to do with the origin or progress of the work, and if a reasonable allowance for money and time expended is afforded by its sale, it will be as much as ever has been expected.
I had no sooner fairly committed myself than I regretted it—the patriots of the revolution did not make speeches to be unattended to by their brethren in congress and fill up the columns of newspapers*. They only spoke when they had something to say, and preferred acting to talking-very unlike the legislators of the present time. I plainly saw that great difficulties would oppose themselves to the fulfilment of my promise- I feared that more was expected of me than any man could do-for the facts that were inanifest to my mind could not be appreciated by all: my pride, (an honest one, I trust), was alarmed—but, in obedience to a fised rule that I have adopted for my own conduct, 1 resolved to meet the difficulty presented and conquer it by perseverance--if I could. To give some idea of the quantity of books and papers that have been looked into to effect this compilation, I think that I do not exaggerate when I say that they were sufficient to load a cart, and hours on hours have been spent in the service without the least profit. Perhaps, I was unlucky or unwise -- that my attention was not directed to the proper sources; it may be sobut of this I am satisfied, that very few of the soul-stirring” speeches of the revolutionary period remain to warm the hearts of a grateful posterity: they were pronounced to be heard, not published.
With this b'ief narrative, I submit the work to the liberality of my countı yinen, American republicans—in the firm belief that, if I have not accomplished alt that was hoped for by soine, it will appear that others are agreeably disappointed; and I am satisfied that good will result from the publication of this collection: it will rescue from oblivion many things that were hastening to it, and lay the foundation, perhaps, of a more extensive and much more perfect work, which I shall always keep in my view.
In explanation it is necessary further to observe, that the leading object of this volume was to shew the feelings that prevailed in the revolution, not to give a history of events; hence, all matters of the latter class have been rejected, except as immediately necessary to shew the effects of feeling. The volume, also, might have been more acceptable if a greater degree of order had been observed as to dates, &c.; but it was almost impossible to approach regularity, in this respect, as well from the nature of things as from the occasional attention, only, that I was able to give to the work--but any inconvenience on this account is obviated by the copious index, o table of contents, prefixed Two articles have been, unfortunately, inserted twice---but. as they are of an excellent quality, I shall not be sorry for it, if the error causes them to be twice read. Many notices of proceedings, &c. are given only to indicate the general conduct of the people on such occasions as they have reference to.
*The earl of Dartmouth asked an American in London, (whose name we cannot call to mind at pre. sent), of how many members the congress consisted? the reply was "fifty-two.” “Why that is the num. ber of cards in a pack," said his lordship-how many knaves are there?" "Not one,” returned the republican-"please to recollect that knames are pasmo anord.100
move the troons from Boston, 211; his speech
J. Trumbull, R. Cranch, S. Cooper, &c. 322, savages, 276; his remarks on the declaration
477 Confederation, Drayton's speech on the articles of
setts to the inhabitants of Great Britain, 205; Congress-Virginia delegates to 201; meeting of
States, 1779, 407; held at New-York, in 1765,
302 210; bis letter to gov. Gage, 437; revolu.
486 Contributions, (voluntary), to furnish supplies
for the army
son, 391; procession with his effigy, 391 capture, 268; a letter from gen. Washington,
160 as to the plans laid to capture him, 272; ex-
268 Cunningham, the infamous capt. bis confession 274
414 Davis, col. his journal kept at Yorktown 465
415 Dawes, Thomas, his oration at Boston, 1781, 47
Declaration of rights, the draught of Geo. Mason,
Aections, 481; persons proscribed at, 374 the state of things, 1775, 257;Currespondence
of March, 1770, when a number of citizens 258, 259; letter of z. G. to the committee at
of a member of the legislature, by the light
I to 59 thereon, 261; correspondence of Cæsar and
367 in 1776, 72, 81, 92; his speech in the general
264 Dunmore, lord, bis letter to gen, Howe, 1775, 138;
469 Effingham, lord, resigns his command in the
425 Ellery, William, one of the signers of the decla.
72, 81, 92 Eulogiuin, by judge Brackenridge, (1779) on
those who had allen in the contest with
Ledyard, col. and others of their fate, &c. at
from the citizens of Baltimore and reply 393 206; letter to the same, 423; the oath exact-
313; his letter to lord Howe, 315; bis intro Philadelphia, 1774, to a maember of parlia-
marks on holding Canada as a 'check' 487 Lexington, the battle of, mentioned in a letier
of the affair, 326; receipt of the news 470
Livingston, gov. of New.Jersey, his eble and spi-
all but Adams and Hancock, 136; his corres. to the legislature, 1777, 270; his remarks on
the liberty of conscience
371 Marine Turtle'
Maryland-a letter from addressed to the earl
of Dartmouth, 144; various proceedings re.
specting the importation of British goods,
1769, 167; do, in relation to the Boston port
bill, 172, 173; patriotic recommendations
for a meeting of deputies respecting manufac-
tures and home industry, 181; case of James
Christie, 222; address to count Rochambeau,
398; address of the general assembly to the
Mason, Jonathan, his oration at Boston, 1780 4l
George, of Va.-many interesting parti.
culars of, with a copy of his draught of a de.
claration of rights, and extracts from several
of his letters
Massachusetts-gen. Gage's proclamation, 1775,
136; proclamation of the general court, Jan.
1776, 142; address of the legislature to gen.
Washington and his reply, 143; Boston in.
structions, 156; Malden do. 156; proceedings
specting in Maryland, 167, 169; do in Va. 198 the Boston port bill, 172, 173, 174, 179, 180,
432 proceedings respecting the civii government
vincial congress to the inhabitants of Great
303 Britain, 205; gov. Hutchinson's speech to the
legislature, 1773, 279; answer of the house of
representatives, 237; address to the people
317 by the same, 353; resolutions alopted May
28, 1773, 294; letter to the speakers of the
assemblies of other colonies, 295; proceed-
ings in respect to certain letters, 295; ex-
tract from the governor's message and reply,
Jan. 1774, 296; message to gov. Gage, same
year, 297; address of the provincial congress,
Dec. 1774, 298; refusal of a jury to be im.
pannelled, 319; Hutchinson's divide et impera
420; recruiting service, 123; address to the
der in chief and others, when Philadelphia congress to the people of Great Briiain, 1775,
334 tion for a public thanksgiving, 436; test act,
Mawhood, a British col. bis proposition and the Pennsylvania-Brackenridge's eulogium 119;
proceedings at Philadelphia about certain
427 teas imported 170; address of a convention
ings on the Boston port bill 179; speech de-
211 livered at Carpenter's Hall 202; declaration
485 of the deputies, June 24, 1776, 252; remon.
fined in the free mason's lodge, Sept. 4, 1777,
59 Philadelphia 333 to 335; address of the de.
puties of the colony to the people, June,
1776–379; ordinance defining treason 417;
Old men's company 420; act respecting per-
sons scrupulous of bearing arms, ib. on the
monopoly of salt
Pensioners, revolutionary, anecdotes of 363, 364;
Petition of the Americans residing in London 332
Philadelphia-original details of events while
the British occupied this city 333; glorious
act of gratitude of a sheriff 363; ancient
state of things at
330 Prisoners, the treatment of at New York, by Cun.
Proclamation of the royal gov. Martin of N. Ca-
rolina 134; of gen. Gage at Boston, offering
136; by the general court of Massachusetts
Bay, 1776, 142; of gen. Washington at Bos.
of congress for a day of fasting, humiliation
and prayer, 1776, 377; another 392; of gen.
Washington on the bombardment of New
Ramsay, Dr. David, bis oration on independence,
447 Retaliatory measures recommended by congress,
Rhode Island-oath exacted of the people of by
Robertson, gen. his correspondence with gov.
Livingston respecting certain traitors 268
Rochambeau, count de-addressed by the peo.
ple of Baltimore and the general assembly
Rodgers, Dr. extract from one of his sermons 361
Thomas, letters from him 341, 342, 343, 344
255 Sea fight-an account of the first fought in the
404 Sedition-an act of S. Carolina respecting 150
249 extract from Dr. Rodgers on the destruce
tion of the churches during the war, &c. Tryon, William, his letter to gov. Trumbullanı. 361; extract from one delivered by presi. reply
210 dent Stiles
473 Tucker, commodore, interesting particulars of Slaves, resolves respecting the importation of 198 him
413 Smith, rev. Dr. bis sermon
215 Tudor, William, his oration at Boston, 1779 36 Soldier's daughter, narrative of a
471 Tusten, Dr. a sketch of South Carolina--Dr. Ramsay's oration 64: judge Tyrannicide, ihe-the first vessel built for the
Drayton's charge 72; others by the same naval service of the U. S.-ber battles, &c. 370 81.92; presentments by a grand jury in 1776,
V. 79; other presentments 91 97; judge Dray.
Virginia-interesting facts of George Mason-ton's speech in the general assembly, 1778,
his declaration of rights, and sundry letters 98; an act to prevent sedition and punish in
123; Dunmore's letter to Howe 138; pro. surgents, &c. 150; governor Rutledge's
ceedings in the convention thereon 139; co. speech, 1776, and reply of the legislature
py of the oath extorted by Dunmore 141; 152; resolves 154; thanks to Messrs. Mid. dleton and Rutledge 157; escape of Mr.
proceedings at Norfolk on the Boston port Hunter 371; judge Pendleton's charge 404;
bill 180; do. at Williamsburg, Fredericks address to the gov. lord William Campbell
burg, Hanover, &c. on the removal of certain
arms and munilions of war, 1775, 186; asso449; resolves against the town of Poole and about absentees 450; association of the mem.
ciation respecting the import of British bers of the provincial congress 450; recep.
goods, slaves, teas, &c. and recommending
manufactures 198; insiructions to the dele. tion of stamps
467 Specch-of judge Drayton on the articles of con
gates to congress 201; do. to the delegates of
Cumberland county 211; further instrucfederation, 1778, 98; of gov. Rutledge to the
tions to the delegates in congress-respect. legislature and reply of the same 152; of gov. Bullock to the provincial congress of
ing a bill of rights-toasts drank and the
Union flag unfurled, May 15, 1776, 251; deGeorgia, 1776, 159; of the bishop of S. As pb, in the house of lords, 1774, 160; of
bate on Henry's motion to pu. the colony in
a state of defence, 1775 307; the people lord Chatham, 1774, 189; of gov. Johnston,
called to arms. 1779, 38); the test of 1776, same year, 191; ditto of Mr. Fuller, sir
446; instructions to Messrs. Lewis and George Sackville, Mr. Ellis, gen. Conway,
446 lord North, sir George Young, gov. John. ston, Mr. Harris, sir Edward Ashley, Mr. Ward, gov. Pownal, Mr. Rigby, Mr. Fox, Warren, Dr. Joseph-his oration at Boston 1772, sir Gilbert Elliott and sir Richard Sutton, in 4; another, in 1775, 17; notice thereot 468; parliament, on the civil government of Mas. oration on the re-interment of his remains sachusetts 194; delivered at Carpenter's Hall, 59; eulogium upon him
349 Philadelphia, 1775, 202; of the earl of Chai Washington -his proclamation on taking posses. bam, on removing the troops from Boston sion of Boston, 1776, with the address of the (1775) 211, of John Wilkes, 1775, 345; of assembly and his reply 143; the honors of capt. Harvey 347; fragment of one delivered Hrvard college conferred on bim 158; bis in congress, spirited 423; of a farmer to his correspondence with gen. Gage on the usage neighbors 428; another fragment of a of prisoners 266; his letter explaining the speech 431; of R. H. Lee and John Dickin. plans laid respecting Cornwallis 273; Miss Bon, in congress, from "Botta's revolution" Seward's lines upon 303; correspondence
490 to 495 with gen. Lacey 333; interesting let'ers to Spy, executed, by order of gen. Sullivan 369 C. Rodney, respecting exchanges, want of Stamp-act.congress, the proceedings of, at clothing, violations of parole, and want of length
food 335, 337, 338; to congress shewing his Stoney Point-Wayne's orders previous to the
embarrassitent*, June, 1780, 337; acceptance capture of
of the command of the army 350; his letter Strong measures recommended, 1778
370 to congress, 1776, 350; general orders, 1783, Sullivan, gen. extract from his orderly book 369
353; circular to tbe states, 1783 354; resig. Synod of New York and Philadelphia
nation of bis command 359; first speech to T.
congress under the constilution 359; his or. Tarring and feathering—a Yankee trick, &c. 273; ders to gen. Sullivan, on passiig ve Dela. case of Malcom and an instance of its prac.
ware 361; in want of a pen knife 369; address tice by the British
to the inhabitants of Canada 423, his procla. Tea-proceedings respecting the importation of mation on the bombardment of New York 170, 198; destroyed at Boston 326; anecdote 434; addressed at New York
477 about its use 380; song made on its destruc. Wayne, gen. his orders previous to the attack on tion 470; some particulars of the affair 485 Stoney Point
275 Thatcher, Peter, his oration at Boston, 1776, 23 Weight of several great men in the revolution 376 Thompson, Charles-bis introduction as secreta.
Welsh, Thomas, bis oration at Boston, 1783 55 ry to congress
470, Woman, sentiments of an American, 1780 389 Ticonderoga, capture of, returns, &c. 373/ Wraxall's memoirs, an extract from respecting Tilton, Dr. see Delaware: his letter from Wil. the surrender of Cornwallis
277 liamsburg, Dec. 1781
Y. Tories, declaration and address to the British Yankee doodle-the occasion on which the air king, 1781
was first played in the United States 372 Treason, law declaratory of it
417 Yorktown, interesting particulars of affairs at Trumbull, gov.his correspondeace with W. Try 345, 362; additional 371; extracts from a on 210; with gen. Gage 437 journal kept at the siege of