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Western District of Pennsylvania, to wit:
BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the LS fifth day of November, in the forty-third
year of the independence of the United
States of America, A.D. 1818, B.R. EVANS, of the said District, has deposited in this office, the title of book, the right whereof he claims as Author, in the words following, to wit:
“ The Republican Compiler, comprising a series of Scientific, Descriptive, Narrative, Popular, Biographical, Epistolary, and Miscellaneous Pieces. In prose and
Selected from the best American Writers, and designed for the use of Schools. By a Citizen of Pittsburgh."
In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, intituled,.. An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies, during the times therein mentioneaz?' And also, to the Act, entitled, “ An Act supplementary to an Act, entitled, • An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by secur. ing the copies of Maps, Charts and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies, during the times therein mentioned,' and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints.
D. S. WALKER, Clerk of the Western District of Pennsylvania. PREFACE.
IN offering the following sheets to the public, the Compiler, aware of the little inerit which is awarded to those, who employ the labours of others, to acquire for them. selves the name and reputation of authors, is content to rely for the success of his attempt, rather upon the nature of his intentions, than upon any pretensions which he can urge to learning or talents.
Numerous publications have appeared in our country, purporting to be American, while the greater part, if not the whole, of their contents, have been gleaned from foreign fields. This circumstance may be, and doubtless is, a matter of little import, in the estimation of those, who consider the cultivation of the youthful ad, as an object, the attainment of which, depends more upon the quality of the soil, than the indigenous nature of the plants which it is destined to receive. But, although exotic productions may flourish, where even those of native growth would languish for want of culture, yet, (to continue the figure,) it should be considered as incumbenton the botanical profession, to acquire a competent acquaintance with the procluctions of their own country, before they have recourse to those of foreign climes.
From the preceding observations, it may be inferred, that a principal design of this compilation is to bring into more general notice, those productions of native genius, which are, by general consent, admitted to be possessed of merit. This intention will not be deemed Quixotic, when