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INSCRIPTION OF THE FIRST VOLUME.
TO HIS MAJESTY
Frederick William the fourth,
King of Prussia.
&c. &c. &c. &c.
With feelings of enthusiasm, founded on the contemplation of a peaceful and a patriotic King, do I inscribe to Your Majesty, the first Volume of an effort to delineate the History of Ancient America.
If, in the following pages, Your Majesty should recognise Your own portraiture in that of Hiram the Great, it is such as truth and history have designed and coloured ;-fawning flattery and false adulation have not added even a thought to embellish, where Patriotism has so nobly consolidated.
The Building of Solomon's Temple at Jerusalem, by Hiram of Tyrus, was not more generous, and liberal in Religious sentiments, than were your own,