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COMPRISING A SERIES OF
:SCIENTIFIC, || BIOGRAPHICAL,
POPULAR, | MISCELLANEOUS
J.W* PROSE AN’D VERSE.
BY A CITIZEN" of PITTSBURGH,
Western District of Pennsylvania, to wit:
-a- BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the L. S | fifth y 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 a book, the right whereof he claims as Author, in the words following, to wit:
“The Republican Compiler, comprising a series of Scientific, Descriptive, JWarrative, Popular, Biographical, Epistolary, and JMiscellaneous Pieces. In prose and verse. 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 Copigs: of :Maps, Charts and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of sligh Copies, during the times therein motions:#;" :Ahd also, to the Act, entitled, “An Act’supplementary to an Act, entitled, • 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 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.
IN offering the following sheets to the public, the Comiler, aware of the little merit which is awarded to those, who employ the labours of others, to acquire for themselves 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, urporting to be American, while the greater s". 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 mind, 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, o COrl. tinue the figure,) it should be considered as incumbent on the botanical profession, to acquire a competent acquaintance with the productions 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 & Co... . . .