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THE LIFE AND CAMPAIGNS
HON. NATHANIEL GREENE,
MAJOR GENERAL IN THE ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES, AND COMMANDER OF THE
SOUTHERN DEPARTMENT, IN THE WAR OF THE REVOLUTION.
J. Maxwell, printer,
EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA, to wit:
BE IT REMEMBERED, that ou the 31st day of May, in the forty-third year of the independence of the United States of America, A. D. 1819, Robert and Thomas Desilver of the said district, have deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words following, to wit:
Memoirs of the Life and Campaigns of the Hon. Nathaniel Greene, Major General in the Army of the United States, and Commander of the Southern Department in the War of the Revolution. By Charles Caldwell, M. D. Professor of Natural History in the University of Pennsylvania.
In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States entituled, “ 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 therein mentioned." And also to the act, entitled, “An act supplementary to an act 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 times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of desiguing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints.
THE REVOLUTIONARY ARMY,
This work, commemorative of one of their ablest commanders, and most beloved companions in arms, is respectfully dedicated, with a sincere wish, that in the evening of a life of patriotism and honour, they may be permitted to repose in the lap of comfort, by
Philadelphia, June 1st, 1819.
That Republics are ungrateful and unjust to their benefactors, is a sentiment which has been repeated and credited, until it has passed into a proverb.
Without intending to enter formally into a discussion of this subject, we will be permitted to observe, that we know not from what source evidence can be derived to confirm the accusation. The records of the celebrated republics of antiquity do not furnish it. Nor is it to be found in the usages of the republics of modern Europe, any more than in those of monarchies or aristocracies.
Although it is true, that in consequence of a persecuting spirit of party, characters of great distinction and wörth, experienced occasionally in ancient Greece, ingratitude and injustice; yet, when passion subsided, and faction ceased to govern the state, the current of public feeling usually resumed its proper channel, and merit was in the end acknowledged and rewarded.
That this return of their fellow citizens to reason and justice, occurred, in every instance, during the lives of the individuals injured, we do not maintain.