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IN THAT COUNTRY,
I Am conscious of offering but a small tribute of gratitude, when I beg to be permitted to inscribe the following pages with your name.
Should they happily meet with approbation, the Public will have, in a great measure, to thank you for their existence ; as, without the aid and assistance you so liberally afforded me, my own feeble exertions would have been inadequate to the performance of so important an undertaking,
Should the perusal of this work in any degree add to the pleasure you feel in
the cultivation of your favourite science, and in encouraging the efforts of others for its advancement, the utmost of thç wishes are attained of,
Your obedient and much devoted
AMONG the numerous useful and interesting objects of natural history discovered on the vast extent of the New Continent, none claim our attention in a higher degree than the vegetable productions of North America. Her forests produce an endless variety of useful and stately timber trees; her woods and hedges the most ornamental flowering shrubs, so much admired in our pleasure grounds; and her fields and meadows a number of exceedingly handsome and singular flowers (many of them possessing valuable medicinal virtues), different from those of other countries. All these are more or less capable of being adapted to an European climate, and the greater part of easy cultivation and quick growth; which circumstances have given ther, with much propriety, the first rank in ornamental gardening.
A country so highly abundant in all the objects of my favourite pursuits, excited in me, at an early period of life, a strong desire to visit it, and to observe in their natural soil and climate the plants which I then knew; and to make such discoveries as circumstances might throw in my way. This plan I carried into execution in the year 1799; when I left Dresden, the place where I had received my education, and embarked for Balti