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THE

H Í STORY

OF

A MERIC A.

By

WILLIAM ROBERTSON, D. D.
PRINCIPAL of the University of EDINBURGH,
HISTORIOGRAPHER to his MAJESTY for Score
LAND, and MEMBER of the ROYAL ACADEMY

OF HISTORY at MADRID.

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VIENNA,
Printed for F. A. SCHRÆMBL, corner in the

Karnthner - Street, Nro. 1053.

I 78 7.

SEP 1527

BRARY

PRE FACE.

In fulfilling the engagement which Ì had come under to the Publick with respect to the History of America, it was my intention not to have published any part of the work until the whole was completed. The present state of the British Colonies has induced me to alter that refolution. While they are engaged in civil war with Great Britain , inquiries and speculations concerning their ancient forms of policy and laws, which exist no longer, cannot be interesting. The attention and expectation of mankind are now turned towards their future condition. In whatever manner this unhappy contest may terminate, a new order of things must arise in North America, and its affairs will af. lume another aspect. I wait, with the solicia tude of a good citizen, until the ferment sub

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