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Wild Scenes of the Forest and Prairie
Sketches of American Life by C. F. Hoffman


In a word, these American sketches, written in the first instance without any view to European publication, are here committed to the hospitality of strangers nearly in their original shape, as they have from time to time accumulated during the rambles of the Author. The reader may perhaps detect in them the fragmentary execution of a more finished and comprehensive plan of scenic and legendary illustration of American subjects. The want of an international copyright law, however, with the paralizing effect upon American letters, which results from this barbaric anomaly in modern enlightenment, forbids any but the affluent among my countrymen to embark fully in such an undertaking.

C. F. H.
New York, Mar, 1838.

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