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DISTRICT OF NEW-YORK, 88, BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the third day of August, in the thirty-fourth year of the Independence of the United States of America, ISAAC Riley, of the said district, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit:
“The Child of Thirty-Six Fathers, a serious, eomic and " moral Romance.-- Translated from the French. In two "volumes.”
IN CONFORMITY to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, “ An act for the encouragement of learning, “ by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the
authors and proprietors of sueh copies, during the times “ therein mentioned ;” and also to an act, entitled, “ An act, “supplementary to an act, entitled, an act for the encourage* ment of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts “ and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, s during the times therein mentioned, and extending the be“nefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving and etching it historical and other prints.”
CHARLES CLINTON, Clerk of the District of New York
THE author of this work has too much contempt for those drones, who filch with impunity the productions of others, to follow their example. Although he is doubtful what the success of this Romance may be, he does not desire, nor ought he, to attribute to himself the whole merit of it; he therefore declares, that he was furnished with the subject by Citizen D*** V***, and that the first part was supplied by that friend to literature. As that ingenious gentleman unfolded his plan, it appeared truly novel, of considerable interest, and admirably calculated to afford original and striking incidents. The work, with the help of the title, was of a kind to which a highly moral stamp might be imparted; and, filled with that persuasion, the author undertook to continue the subject, of which Citizen D*** V*** had so happily drawn the outline. Truth demands this acknowledgment, and it is with unfeigned satisfaction the author hastens to make it.
If, therefore, The CHILD OF THIRTY-Six FATHERS should meet with a favourable reception from the public, the hero will have to divide his acknowledgments between the real author of his being and his father by adoption. The one is satisfied with having given him birth; the other has taken upon him the charge of his education. To critics and persons of taste, it is left to put him forward in the world with advantage.