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P R E F A CE.
O N my return from America, I found myself prefted
by so many enquiries respecting the state of Socie. ty, the means of living, and the inducements to settle upon that continent, that I determined to reply in print to such questions as were most frequently put to me, and which seemed to be of the most general importance. Hence the present publication; which I should not have ventured upon, if I were not fully satisfied, that the information it contains (small as it is) would be very acceptable to a numerous class of readers in this country.
I quitted England in August 1793, and embarked at New-York, for Europe, in February 1794..
I left this kingdom expressly to determine whether America, and what part of it, was eligible for a person, like myself, with a small fortune, and a large family, to settle in. During my residence in Philadelphia, the Congress fat, and I had therefore the means of acquiring satisfactory information respecting every part of the continent which I had not a personal opportunity of visiting, I had no other employment, while in America, than to make obfervations and enquiries to this purpose; I therefore made this my business, and having compleatly satisfied my own mind upon this subject, I left part of my family there, and have returned to this country (probably for the last time) to take away the rest.
I mention this, that the reader may be truly apprized of the degree of authority due to the remarks with which I present him. Such of them as are the result of my own observation, I think may be safely relied on: so, indeed, in my opinion, may those which I have ven