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AMERICA

BEFORE EUROPE.

PRINCIPLES AND INTERESTS.

BY

COUNT AGENOR DE GASPARIN.

TRANSLATED FROM ADVANCE SHEETS, BY

MARY L. BOOTH.

NEW YORK:

CHARLES SCRIBNER, 124 GRAND STREET.

1862.

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Entered, according to act of Congress, in the year 1862, by

CHARLES SCRIBNER,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York.

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PREFACE.

My first work on the United States awaited its comple tion; what I had affirmed before events, it was important to establish afterward; the demonstration à posteriori was to finish what had been begun by the argument à priori.

Tew books have passed through such an ordeal as has been endured by my Uprising of a Great People. Whether it has stood the test well or ill, is not for me to say. Has the crisis which we are witnessing the character of an uprising? The reader will judge.

The encouragement which has come to me from America, and for which I can never show myself sufficiently grateful, has had something to do with my resolution to write this new volume.* It seems to me, as to those who have addressed me so many kind invitations,

* I owe thanks to those persons from whom I have been continually in the receipt of information of all kinds. I have been particularly gratified with the collection of official documents which the Secretary of State, Mr. Seward, has had the kindness to send me.

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