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It is with unfeigned diffidence I present this work to the public. I am not ignorant of the defects in its execution; and I commend it to the reader solely on account of the greatness of the object. That wars must cease, absolutely and universally, is certain; but they will cease in connection with effort. And I felt desirous to unite my labors, however feeble they might be thought to be, with that small band of philanthropists, who have already taken the field on this subject. It is already evident that their labors have not been in vain; and the hope, based upon the most rational foundation, begins to be cherished, that wars will soon terminate. How desirable it is that every Christian, that every friend of his race, should contribute his efforts in the furtherance of this great object!
In preparing this work, I have freely availed myself of the labors of others, and take this opportunity to acknowledge my obligations in particular to Dr. Noah Worcester, Dymond, Mr. Grimké, Edward Livingston, Thomas Hancock, and Mr. Ladd. To the gentleman last named, whose labors in the cause of peace are too well known to require any mention here, I am indebted for having my attention first called to this important subject.
THOMAS C. UPHAM.
BowdoiN COLLEGE, Nov. 1835.