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DELIV BRBD (IN PRBNOU) TO A SELIOT AUDIONOI

IN NRW YORK,

BY THE

REV. J. F. ASTIÉ.

INTRODUCTION AND TRANSLATION :

BY THE

REV. E. N. KIRK.

BOSTON:

PUBLISHED BY JOHN P. JEWETT AND COMPANY.

CLEVELAND, OHIO:
JEWETT, PROCTOR AND WORTUINGTON.
NEW YORK : SHIELDON, LAMPORT AND BLAKEMAN,

18 5 5.

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Entorod according to Act of Congress, in the year 1856, by

JOHN P. JEWETT & CO. In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

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CAMBRIDGE:

ALLEY AND PARXHAN, STEREOTYPERS AND PRIXTERI.

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INTRODUCTION.

OUR native artists have produced several truly national statues. Among them is “the dying Indian;" emblem of a noble, simple race of savage chiefs, over whose undefined empires another dominion is now extended ; into whose inheritance the stranger has entered; and on whose sepulchre the white man now rears his dwelling. Another introduces us to the pioneer settler ; tall and brawny; of frank and generous countenance; altogether pervaded with the dignity of conscious manhood. Yet another is “ California," with smiling face, holding before her, in one hand, the divining-rod which points to the golden loadstone at her feet, and concealing behind her figure, in the other hand, a scourge. Perhaps still another emblematic statue might be made, representing the Genius of America, young, bold, elastic; rather firm and nervous than graceful; with an earnest, forward gaze, indicating the attractive influence of those brilliant prospects of wealth and power which the future presents; while he scarcely notices the venerable figure of Wisdom, who holds to his view a mirror reflecting the Past.

The wise will welcome every judicious effort to create among us a taste for history; for they well know that “Young America" cannot dispense with it; since he cannot thoroughly

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