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motive in preparing for the press, and will best sanction the publication which he now offers to the world.
Should this motive be fairly appreciated, as he trusts it will be, the Author has no doubt that he will receive from the liberality of the public that credit for his work to which it will, in that case, be entitled. He is induced more particularly to hope for this result from the consideration of its being the first attempt on which he has ever ventured.
Though the tenour of the following Narrative is, from a sense of impartial justice, generally eulogistic of the people and institutions of the United States, yet the Author is not so blinded by his admiration of their rapid and unequalled advancement to a high degree of civilisation, as to be unconscious of their defects —since perfection belongs no more to communities than to individuals—and on which, where they have occurred to his observation, as in several instances of wanton misconduct in persons belonging to the
state of Kentucky and others, he has indulged the freedom of remark.
If, in conclusion, the Author shall be so happy as to create in the minds of the citizens of the Union a better understanding of English feeling towards them, and shall have satisfied them that they are not to regard the thoughtless and malicious severity which some evil-minded persons have so unwarrantably exercised to their prejudice, as any criterion of British sentiment, he will have fully and most gratefully gained his object; and in the producing of so desirable a result will feel perfectly consoled for the perhaps inefficient accomplishment of his design.
London, January 1834.