Fi3$ii3$fii3$ii (li$$fii3$iii3$¢i3fii$$i*

mi3$fifim$fi l3$iifi$fiii

PREFACE.

T was not without regret that we found the diflientions between this country and its colonies at length“ ripened into a civil War. The perlion to whole lot it falls to defcribe the tranfaetions of domefiic hoflility, and the Preps which lead to it, has a painful, and generally unthankful Ofiice. People can fcarcely judge with temper of {uch an hillory in a century after the events. It is a perilous {ituation when we are to be tried by prefent pallions. In- terefted as we are in this contePt in corn- mon with all Englifhmen, and aficeéted as we muft be in common with all men of humanity, we have never been tempted to depart from the fteady couriie ofimpartiality, which we have always obferved, and in ‘which the public has hitherto fupported us. It indeed little becomes us to be dog- rnatical and decided in our opinions in this 3 i ' matter,