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THE AMERICANS IN THEIR MORAL, SOCIAL,
“Why should the poor be flatter'd ?
SHAKSPEARE's Hamlet, Act iii. Scene 2.
IN TWO VOLUMES.
Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty.
TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
I DEDICATE to you the following pages, written by one of your fellow-citizens, who, though a European by birth, is firmly and devotedly attached to his adopted country.
If their contents should in any way offend you,-if the serious or ironical arguments contained in them should meet with your displeasure,—I entreat you to consider the purity of the Author's intention, who, even where he employs personal satire, wishes but to expose error for the purpose of reform, not of ridicule. Neither must you
them as containing aught against the laws and institutions of your country. Not those glorious monuments of the virtue and wisdom of your fathers, but the men who would turn them to
vicious and selfish purposes are justly upheld to derision.
A people like yourselves, great, powerful, and magnanimous, is as much beyond the reach of personal satire as it is proof against the weapons of its foes : not so the men who, claiming for themselves a specific distinction, cannot properly be considered as identified with your principles and character.
Against these then, and against these alone, is the following work —of which I am but the Editor-directed, in the hope of thereby rendering a service to the Public, which, both in the capacity of a writer and a citizen of the United States, I readily acknowledge as my Lord and Sovereign. What other object, indeed, could he have, whose wishes, hopes, and expectations are identified with your own, and who considers no earthly honour equal to that
Your humblest servant and
FRANCIS J. GRUND.