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(Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1836, by

HARPER & BROTHERS, in the Clerk's Office of the Southern District of New-York.]

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A Few words will explain the title and purpose of these volumes. They are not offered to the public as an itinerary; and for the sake of 'anything which they contain of that kind, they would not have been published. But on returning to his native country, the author felt a desire which before he had not anticipated, to offer to his countrymen some of the thoughts which the Old World had suggested to his mind concerning the New. It seemed to him that every traveller to the Old World stood on a vantage 'ground for surveying the institutions, customs, and character of his own country, which might entitle the results of his observation to some regard. There are many subjects of this nature, which the spectacle of the Old World will force upon the most negligent attention -such as manners, national health, amusements, churches and church establishments, the Catholic religion, the cultivation of the arts, and the many


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