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New York and Auburn: MILLER, ORTON & MULLIGAN,

New York: 25 Park Row Auburn: 107 Genesee St. London: W.T. Tweedle, Strand, and David Bryce, 48 Paternoster Row.


Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1856, by


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

Edward R. Jenkins, Printer, Nos. 26 Frankfort Street.


Some Particulars respecting Cousin Smooth CHAPTER I. Mr. Smooth in Washington CHAPTER II. Mr. Smooth Sups, and goes to Bed CHAPTER III. In which Mr. Smooth has an Interview with General Cass CHAPTER IV. Mr. Smooth's Dream CHAPTER V. A Morning Adventure CHAPTER VI. Mr. Smooth finds his Path to the White House a difficult one CHAPTER VII. Mr. Smooth Penetrates the Dark Confines of Mr. Pierce's Kitchen, where he finds things sadly confused CHAPTER VIII. Mr. Solomon Smooth takes a Fish Breakfast CHAPTER IX. Mr. Smooth Circumnavigates the Globe CHAPTER X. Smooth preserves Young America's Rights CHAPTER XI. Mr. Smooth is Right Side up CHAPTER XII. Mr. Smooth makes a few Reflections CHAPTER XIII. Mr. Smooth sees a Country great in Resources blighted by a Narrow Policy CHAPTER XIV. Done Brown in Downing Street CHAPTER XV. His little Lordship's Show, and a Peep into Downing Street CHAPTER XVI. Smooth Dines with Citizen Peabody CHAPTER XVII. Smooth looks in upon the Mixed Commission CHAPTER XVIII. Smooth receives the Documents, and calls a Congress at Ostend CHAPTER XIX. Smooth Discovers Himself CHAPTER XX. Arrival and Grand Reception at Ostend CHAPTER XXI. Fashionable Debts and Fashionable Diplomatists CHAPTER XXII. How Smooth got his Manners CHAPTER XXIII. Mr. Smooth proposes taking Mr. Pierce's Fighting by the Job CHAPTER XXIV. Mr. Pierce sends Smooth Down East among Britishers CHAPTER XXV. The Pious Squire CHAPTER XXVI. Smooth encounters a Colonial Justice of strange Character CHAPTER XXVII. Smooth settles all International Difficulties, and proposes maintaining the very best Understanding with John Bull



No uncommon type of our "Young America" is Mister Solomon Smooth, the individual whose part in these sketches was performed for General Pierce in particular, and "Uncle Sam" in general. Mr. Smooth was born and "growed" on the extreme south point of Cape Cod a seemingly desolate spot, yet somewhat renowned as the birthplace of Long Tom Coffin. If I would select one of our nation's 'cutest sons; if I were called upon to name the kind of man with that in his natural composition to make the safest, shrewdest, and most calculating merchant; if I were called to pass judgment on the man most qualified to sustain the spirit and characteristics of the American nation abroad one who would never betray our national energy, nor degrade his profession, nor fail to seek that which might promote the interests of those who reposed trust in him, at the same time never forgetting his own if I were about forming an expedition, and would provide myself with that character of man upon whom the issue of its success most depends; if, I say, I would seek the man possessing those rigid qualities of a moral nature which are a sure protection against doing aught that may degrade the councils of a nation, I would make this sandy cape my starting point, and draw from the upward growth of that stern energy to be found among those flourishing, energetic, and intelligent communities embraced within that circle which terminates at Cape Ann, and between the circling arms of which two capes heaves Boston Bay... Continue reading book >>

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