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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