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Easten District of Pennsylvania, to wit:
& IT REMEMBERED, That on the tenth day of December, in thefiftieth year of the Independence of the United States of Ameria, A. D. 1825, M-Carty & Davis, of the said district, have de. positedin this office the title of a book, the right whereof they claim as propietors, in the words following, to wit:
“Memoirs of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.”
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania commences the publication of its transactions with the present number, and with the expectation of being able to issue a work of equal size every six months.
From the miscellaneous nature of the subjects, it is obvious that an adherence to chronological order would not be easy. The Society does not undertake to compose a history; its desire is to collect materials for history. Remote and recent periods will, therefore, sometimes be found in immediate contact, or anachronous succession : the transactions of the seventeenth century may follow those of the nineteenth. But although historical order is impossible, the want of it, it is hoped, will not impair the interest which such collections usually excite; and the variety of the facts may compensate for the irregularity of the arrangement.
The Circular Letter already extensively communicated, is included in the present publication ; and it is requested that every reader will consider it addressed to himself. On a general compliance with the wishes expressed in it, the Society founds its hopes of permanence and usefulness.
With the second half-volume, an index to the whole will be given.
Philadelphia, December 1825.