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Southern District of New-York, 88. BE it remembered, that on the seventh day of Docember, in the forty-ninth year of the Independence of the United States of America, Charles Wiley, of the said district, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit:

“Lionel Lincoln; or, the Leaguer of Boston. In Two Volumes. "First let mo talk with this Philosopher. "By the Author of the Pioneers, Pilot, &c."

In conformity to tho Act of Congress of the United States, 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 time therein mentioned;" and also to an Act, entitled, “ An Act, supplementary to an Act, entitied 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 theroia mentioned, and extending ihe benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and otching historical and other prints."

JAMES DILL,
Clerk of the Southern

District of New-York

TO

WILLIAM JAY,

OF

BEDFORD, WEST-CHESTER,

ESQUIRE

MY DEAR JAY,

An unbroken intimacy of four-and-twenty years may justify the present use of your name.

A man of readier wit than myself might, on such a subject, find an opportunity of saying something clever, concerning the exalted services of your father. No weak testimony of mine, however, can add to á fame that belongs already to posterity: and one like myself, who has so long known the merits, and has so often experienced the friendship, of the son, can find even better reasons for offering these Legends to your notice. Very truly and constantly,

Yours,

THE AUTHOR.

Bequest of

Levis, Barbour 3-07-26 ь

PREFACE.

The manner in which the author became pose sessed of the private incidents, the characters, and the descriptions, contained in these tales, will, most probably, ever remain a secret between himself and his publisher. That the leading events are true, he presumes it is unnecessary to assert; for should inherent testimony, to prove that im portant point, be wanting, he is conscious that no anonymous declaration can establish its credibility.

But while he shrinks from directly yielding his authorities, the author has no hesitation in furnishing all the negative testimony in his power.

In the first place, then, he solemnly declares, that no unknown man, nor woman, has ever died in his vicinity, of whose effects he has become the possessor, by either fair means or foul. No darklooking stranger, of a morbid temperament, and of inflexible silence, has ever transmitted to him a single page of illegible manuscript. Nor has any

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