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LEGENDS OF THE REVOLUTION.
BY GEORGE LIPPARD,
AUTHOR OF LADYE ANNABEL, THE QUAKER CITY, BLANCHE OF BRANDYWINE,
THE WASHINGTONS, ETC.
WITH A BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF THE AUTHOR,
BY REV. C. CHAUNCEY BURR.
G. B. ZIEBER AND CO.
BUG. No. 9
ENTERED according to Act of Congress, in the year 1847, by
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Eastern District of
Printed by King & Baird, No. 9 George St. Philadelphia.
ANDREW M'MAKIN, ESQ.
ALLOW me, sir, to inscribe with your name, this book of Washington and his Generals, as illustrated in the Legends of the Revolution.
To you, as Editor and Proprietor of the first literary journal in the country journal which numbering its readers by hundreds of thousands, has hitherto stood alone in its proud devotion to the American Past-do I with sincere feelings of respect for your heart and intellect, dedicate these Legends of the camp, the council, and the field.
I am induced to make this Dedication, by a feeling of simple justice to myself and you. Your paper has always been, not only the family paper of the Union, but the Journal of Revolutionary Romance and History. As the Editor, you have ever been untiring in your efforts, to preserve in its columns, the legends of our battlefields, the chronicles of our early struggles for freedom, the memories of our illustrious dead.
Your name therefore, by a sincere impulse of justice, I inscribe at the head of these traditions, trusting that you will excuse the liberty I have taken, on account of the feeling by which it is dictated.
There are other reasons which enter into the Spirit of this Dedication. Last summer, when my good name as a citizen, my honor as an author, was attacked in the most licentious manner, by a band of obscene libellers-some of whom have since made their humble and fawning apologies to me-you did not count the cost, nor falter for a moment, but came out for me like a Man, and in the columns of your paper, whipped the whole pack into their native obscurity.
This is strong language. The occasion demands it. The men who have made me the object of their slander, ever since I published a line, are no less merciless in their dealings with the unfortunate, than they are servile and truckling to the rich and powerful. They would stab you in the back to-day, and lick the dust from your shoes to-morrow.
Now, that I have surmounted their accumulated falsehoods-as much by your honestly rendered aid, as by the voice of the Press throughout the land-I scorn the humbly offer friendship of these men, as much as I ever scorned their petty animosity. My arnest prayer will ever be-let creatures like these, born of the atmosphere of malignity, and nurtured by the breath of falsehood, always remain my enemies. When they become my friends, I will confess myself utterly unworthy the respect of one honest man.
This work entitled, "Washington and his Generals, as illustrated in the Legends of the Revoluion," may be described in one word, as an earnest attempt to embody the scenes of the Past, in a series of Historical pictures. It is now four