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CONTAINING A GEOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION OF
LAWS AND GOVERNMENT.
BY JEREMY BELKNAP, A.M.
PRINTED AT BOSTON, FOR THE AUTHORA
P R E F A CE..
I HE materials of which this part of the Hiltory of New Hampshire is composed, were chiefly collected during a residence of twenty-two years in the eastern part of the State ; from observations made in various places, and particularly in several journies to the northern and western parts; from original surveys of many townships and tracts of the Country ; from the conversation of many perfons who have been employed in surveying, masting, hunting and scouting; as well as in husbandry, manufactures, merchandise, navigation and fishery, The public offices have also been repeatedly searched, and the obliging attention of the of. ficers of government, both in New-Hampshire and Massachusetts, is again thankfully acknowledged. But that no source of information might be left unexplored, a printed circular letter was addressed to the several Clergymen, and other gentlemen of public character, in all parts of the State, requesting their communications on various heads of inquiry. The anlwers to these letters have not been lo numerous, and in some instances, not so particular as would have been agreeable ; but from those which have been received (and for which the Author requests the several writers to accept his thanks) he has been enabled to render his account more complete than it could have been without this as aftance,