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ENTERED according to Act of Congress, in the year 1842, by
in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Eastern District
Stereotyped by L. Johnson, Philadelphia
This Volume is Dedicated
To the memory of WASHINGTON, FRANKLIN, JEFFERSON,
LAURENS, SAMUEL Adams, Hancock, PATRICK Henry, HAMILTON, MONROE, MADISON, and all the other states. men, orators, and civilians, who assisted to gain the inde. pendence of their country in 1776; or to support it in 1812.
xt is also Dedicated To the MILITIA and Young Men of the United States.
You will remember that the independence of your coun. try was achieved through much tribulation and suffering. That we might be free, our fathers endured every extreme of penury and pain; the frozen ground was marked with the blood of their naked feet; they lived in prisonships, where they were the victims of worse than savage cruelty; and they dared without hesitation to serve their country amidst every species of torture and death. Should you determine to emulate their courage, fortitude, and perseverance, amidst all dangers, and in every emergency, obey the laws, and respect the institutions of your country; then, with the blessings of Divine Providence, she need fear no foreign aggression.
NICHOLAS, Chevalier D’Assas, was born at Vigan. He was an officer in the Regiment d'Auvergne, and by his patriotic death rendered himself worthy of the admiration of posterity. On the night of the 15th of October, 1760, he commanded the outpost at Klostercamp, in the neighbourhood of Gueldres, and at break of day went out to examine the posts. While so occupied, he fell in with a division of the enemy's troops, who were on the point of attacking the French army. He was seized, and threatened with imme. diate death if he uttered a cry to alarm his regiment. The safety of the French army was at stake. Without a mo. ment's hesitation, he summoned all his strength and exclaimed, “A moi, Auvergne, ce sont les ennemis !” The threat was immediately executed, but the patriot had gained his object. The immediate advance of the Regiment d'Auvergne, who had heard, but were too late to save him, rendered the attack of the enemy unsuccessful. D'Assas was never married; but a pension of 1000 livres was decreed to his family forever. The payment was interrupted dụr. ing the French Revolution, but it has since been renewed.
The compiler of these volumes for many years entertained the plan of making a collection of national songs and ballads : deeming the task, however humble, one the result of which would be acceptable to his countrymen.
To fulfil the undertaking, required little else than resolution to begin, and industry to finish the work. The songs lay scattered through magazines, newspapers, and other periodicals, common song-books, and stall-ballads. All these were to be collected and examined. Files of newspapers from the period of Braddock's defeat to the death of President Harrison, a period of eighty-six years, have been carefully searched: and the Pennsylvania Magazine of 1775–76. Carey's American Museum, the Port Folio, the Analectic Magazine, and Niles' Weekly Register, have also been examined.
The compiler has also to acknowledge contributions from several gentlemen of Philadelphia, who have made collections. Yet he cannot flatter himself that he has all that may be obtained. Many copies of songs and ballads of the revolution, and of the war of 1812, he is persuaded yet remain in private hands. He would respectfully solicit from persons possessing such productions, the loan of their copies for publication : it being his intention to publish all that can be obtained. Some of the ballads included in this work, may be deemed of small poetical merit; but the present and future generation of Americans will hardly disdain those strains, however homely, which cheered and animated our citizen-soldiers and seamen, “ in the times that tried men's souls," at the camp-fire or on the forecastle. The introduction to Patriotic Songs 10 and 18, was written by Alderman John Binns. That to 31, was taken from the National Gazette, about three years since, and is substantially corroborated by the annexed letter, from the author himself, written a short time before his death. A few party