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DUELS AND DUELLING,
PRELIMINARY HISTORICAL ESSAY.
By LORENZO SABINE.
CROSBY, NICHOLS, AND COMPANY,
111 WASHINGTON STREET.
18 5 5.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1854, by
LORENZO SABINE, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of achusetts.
STEREOTYPED AND PRINTED BY METCALP AND COMPANY.
- the last to be written — is the author's own. Here he may speak to his reader without restraint, and, if he will, as to a friend. The writer, in availing himself of the privilege accorded to all, would remark, in the first place, that whoever opens this volume in the expectation of finding mention of every challenge given and of every duel fought, in the United States or elsewhere, will be disappointed. The work, in its claims as a record, is sufficiently moderate.
Bred to active business, and employed nearly the whole of his life in commercial or kindred pursuits, the author's leisure hours only have been devoted to books. In order to make the most of these hours, the plan of taking and filing away for use, as occasion might admit, memoranda of incidents and facts of interest, was adopted in early youth, and has been continued until the present moment. These Notes are, then, simply the results of common and every-day reading, observation, and conversation, for a series of years, in this particular direction.
As, in preparing the "American Loyalists” for the press, the author was cheered in seasons of discouragement by the reflection, that his labors would at least diminish the hate which had existed for two generations between the inhabitants of the British Colonies and those of his native country,
between the losers and the winners in the Revolutionary strife, and their children, -- and thus hasten the period of a peaceful and permanent