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UNITED STATES HISTORY.
FROM 1492 TO 1850.
BY SAMUEL ELIOT,
AUTHOR OF A HISTORY OF LIBERTY, AND PROFESSOR OF HISTORY AND
22 May, 1890.
From the Library of
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1856, by
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.
ELECTROTYPED AT THE
BOSTON STEREOTYPE FOUNDRY.
I HAVE written this book to supply a want felt by others, as well as by myself. We have looked in vain for a work, of moderate extent, in which the leading principles and the leading facts of our history are set forth side by side. To provide such a volume for the reader and the student is the object of the following Manual.
In writing it, I have endeavored to observe the proper proportions. The same space is not given to every period or to every transaction. On the contrary, events are narrated at greater or less length according to their importance -a few days occupying as many pages in some parts of the volume as a long series of years in others. By thus making inferior matters subordinate, I trust that I have done more justice than might be anticipated from the appearance of the book to the great passages in our history. It is nowhere, however, a book of details. I have confined myself intentionally to outlines - endeavoring to sketch these in such a way as to suggest com