Excerpt from Sketches of Travels in Sicily, Italy, and France, in a Series of Letters, Addressed to a Friend in the United States
Although English writers have published many volumes upon Italy, it is still desirable that the citizens of the United States should make their own remarks. 'while We have rendered ourselves independent of other nations, it should be our ambition to form our own Opinions, and not to borrow our ideas of the manners, religion, and various institutions of foreign countries, ' from a people whose representations are liable to be in?uenced by their political relations, as well as their personal peculiarities.
In our first attempts to think, and to write for our selves, we must expect many unsuccessful efforts and the author will have no reason to complain if his work finds a place among the unfortunate number but he confidently believes, that an attempt to add to the common stock of information, will' be received with indulgence; and he sends this volume abroad with the full assurance, that whatever may be its fate, the decision passed upon it by his fellow citizens; will be dictated by Iiberality and jus tice.
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