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Alida or, Miscellaneous Sketches of Incidents During the Late American War. Founded on Fact   By:

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Having read the new work entitled "ALIDA," or Miscellaneous Sketches of Occurrences during the late American War, which abounds with elegance of language, sublime poetry, and useful lessons as an American, I have a pride in saying, that our press has seldom been honoured with a work as improving and interesting to the reader, and as well written as any to be found either among the older or modern authors.


It may be here proper to rectify a slight mistake in two of the complimentary pieces written on the contents of Alida, in which the work was innocently stated to have been expressly written for the aid of benevolent purposes; instead of which it should have read [expressly printed ] for the aid of benevolent purposes. The truth is, some part was written as a journal of incidents, and to amuse leisure hours somewhat usefully; other parts to commemorate some particular facts for the gratification of the author and near relatives, not expecting any other eye to meet a single line of it. But on being looked over by an affectionate pious friend, the author was solicited to allow it to be printed. It was at length acceded to, on the ground that the proceeds, however little over the expenses attending it, should be appropriated to charitable purposes.

It is but just to embrace this opportunity to express the reciprocal kind feelings of the author, not only for the friendly and encouraging encomiums above alluded to, with other kind approvals which have appeared in print, but for the call of a third edition so soon, being within the first year of its appearance. The favourable reception which the former editions of this work has met with from the public, in these trying times (when so many valuable works are permitted to lay useless on the shelves of the book sellers,) encourages the editor to attempt the publication of another edition. The author has embraced the opportunity carefully to revise and correct the typographical mistakes in the former editions, and to enlarge the work with additional prose and poetry, which it is humbly hoped will be found both pleasing and useful.


ALIDA. "Optimum vitæ genus eligito nam consuetudo faciet jucundissimum."]






During the Late American War.

Founded on Fact.


By An Unknown Author.

If I could gain, howe'er so little, to improve, I'd give it to the world for benefit.

Third Edition, revised and improved.


Printed for the Author, and for sale by the Booksellers.


The proceeds of this work, over the expenses of publishing, to be appropriated to charitable purposes.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1840,


In the Clerk's Office of the Southern District of New York.

H. LUDWIG, PRINTER, 72 Vesey st., N. Y.

This Work


To The Amiable, Sensible, and Pious


Niece to His Excellency, Charles Collins, Governor Of Rhode Island, Whose Highly Exemplary Character,

With That of His EXCELLENT LADY,

Must Deservedly Gain for Them Applause and Respect Wherever They Are Known,

And From Personal Knowledge of This Most Worthy Family, The Author Has Reason to Subscribe Herself Their Very Much Obliged,

Affectionate Friend.


Chapter I. The Parentage of Alida .... A description of her father's residence .... She is sent to the village school.

Chapter II... Continue reading book >>

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