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Voi, I. FEBRUARY, 1838. No. 1.
TO THE PATRONS OF THE REGISTER.
No People, ancient or modern, ever remained contented, without a knowledge of their origin and successive history. Even the most barbarous are unwilling to remain in total ignorance of their early annals; and hence we find, such as are wholly without the knowledge of letters, inventing traditions for themselves, mostly fabulous it is true, but which being handed down from father to son, and from age to age, become venerable from their antiquity, and at length arc received as history. Nations however, far advanced in the arts of civilization, never trust to the vague and uncertain stores of ever changing memory; but always note as they occur, by means of writing and printing, the remarkable events which make up their history, and thus preserve them for future reference.
Owing to the manner in which our country was originally settled, by the different nations of Europe, each of the old States have a peculiar and distinct history. The histories of most of them have already been written; yet, although we have ample and curious materials for the purpose, within the reach of all, ours still remains unknown, no one heretofore, having been willing to bestow the labor and research necessary, to collect and reduce them to a historical form.
In common with many, I have long regretted this apparent apalliy of our people, as it regards the early history of the times, which, as well as of the men who have preceded us. It was this feeling which originated the idea of the present work. In which, by the aid of others alike interested, and by my own researches, I hope to be able in a series of numbers, to collect and combine in a sensible form, all that can yet be rescued from the dust of oblivion, which treats of past events and circumstances relative to our early