TO HIS EXCELLENCY DAVID HUMPHREYS, ESQ. MINISTER OF THE UNITED STATES AT THE COURT OF LISBON, &c.
IN Europe, dedications have their price; and the author oftener looks to the plenitude of the pock|ets, than the brains of his patron.
The American author can hope but little pecuniary emolument from even the sale, and not any from the dedication of his work. To adorn his book with the name of some gentleman, of acknowledged merit, involves his whole interest, in a pub|lic address.
With this view, will you, Sir, per|mit a lover of the Muses, and a biog|rapher of private life, to address to Page iv you (a Poet and the Biographer of a Hero) a detail of those miseries of slavery, from which your public en|ergies have principally conduced to liberate hundreds of our fellow citi|zens.
JUNE 20, 1797.