1. This sentence deleted from the original serial edition: "I would take it off only on condition of giving a good instead of these."

2. This chapter was deleted from the 1819 edition. It was originally "Chapter 18" in its own right.

"Looking back upon this work; for I do not know that I shall add any more; it occurs to me to reflect whether it will do good or harm. I cannot think it will do harm. It contains a good deal of moral sentiment, the result of my own reading, observation and experience; "All which I saw and part of which I was." I have myself been of the bar; have had to do, in a canvass for elections; and have been of a legislative body; like all young orators, I have babbled as others have done. This day do I remember my faults; and if I were to go over the same ground again, I would make one word do where two were used. The fact is that I have spoken upon subjects I did not understand; and had an ambition to display oratory. In correcting the errors of ambition for place, or the mere display of powers, this book may be of service in a republic. It is a caricatura doubtless; but it is by caricatura, that the ridiculous is discovered. For this painting I claim credit; but I have more the useful in view than the amusing of the work. I will acknowledge that I value myself a good deal upon the performance. Any animal of the human species, with a mediocrity of talents, may come to be a judge, and may appear pretty well in a book of reports, provided he cites precedents; but how many are there in an age that could write such a book as this? And yet to my astonishment, it has not got up in the world as I think it ought to have. But a great deal depends upon having a felicitous introduction. When it comes to be published with drawings, or what are called cuts, it will look quite another thing to grown gentlemen; and will come into vogue, and be a stock book.


I do not affect to be the first in this line of writing that has appeared in America. There is a New-England publication entitled "the Cobbler of Wagram," which I have never seen, but have heard of; and which, I would thank some of the New-England literati to procure for me. For though I have made some flings at our young John Bull, yet I have had in view, but a few persons of the present time, and as touching a political way of thinking in alluding to them under the appellation of young Johnny; but as to their literary standing, I have a high respect for them; and at the same time am sensible, that the great body of them are true men, and err only in particulars; and this, a good deal from the not having the helm in their hands. They will get it in due time, as much as will fall to their share. But they expect too much, and cannot have every thing their own way. A separation of the Union they never thought of; it is all in Terrorem; but such talk may lead to the catastrophe which of all people, as they border on the British settlements it concerns their safety most to avoid. When I say the states of New-England never thought of a disunion, I distinguish individuals, who, for ambition, and the hope of obtaining power from a change, may not talk, but think, of such a thing. I am persuaded, there are in those states, at this moment, a minority, perhaps approaching a majority, that are as much anti-John Bull, as any other part of the Union. This is said as explanatory of what may be thought otherwise from my allusions to young Johnny Bull. I call them young Johnny, because old England, is old Johnny, and they are New-England; and because there are some of their editors at least who advocate British politics, and call the war unjust. I do not say British interest; because it is not less the interest of Britain to yield her claims of domination on the sea than it is for us to resist them. If the war continues seven years, I do not wonder if we should burn London; at least then that we have it in our power to burn it. For I should be sorry to burn any thing, or kill any one. But, I will acknowledge myself an enragee against uncle John on account of the injustice of his claims, and the barbarities of his allies. I am confident there are few of the people of that island, who if they were to see a single scalp taken, as I have done, and hear the savage yell, would not have the same impression. The war in disguise upon the western parts of the Union, in furnishing with implements, not of agriculture, but of hatcheting and scalping, the Indian tribes, was a cause of war long before it was declared by our republic. The invasion, was justifiable only on the ground, and it was expedient on the ground, of interposing between the vendors of scalping knives, and the purchasers, the Indians.

The love of gain propels all the measures of John Bull; I speak of the government. It is an inconsistency, and a calamity at the same time, that a people who have the character of humanity, generally, and bravery, should exhibit with regard to nations, a conduct so profligate."

3. This last part of the final paragraph was excised in 1819:

" I know, that after the present war, which, in the nature of things, cannot last always, an ambassador will be sent to England; and Teague may be a candidate. I can carry him if I will; but, in that matter, I shall hesitate, because I should have to take the trouble of presenting him after his outfit; and going through the ceremonies of an introduction, with which I am not so well acquainted. For though a great deal might be said in favour of a republican going from a republican government, being less in need of knowledge of etiquette, like an Indian prince that comes from the woods; yet, as those who had preceded him, Adams, Jay, King, Pinkney, &c. had not gone with their coats buttoned behind, but accommodated themselves to the dress, and the customs of the courts of Europe; my bog-trotter could not well depart from the precedent."

This was the original end of Volume 4, and the novel.