Chapter 1. In which Brackenridge defends his use of quotations in Latin and from the classic historians.
Chapter 2. In which Brackenridge, through the tale of the Captain's acceptance into the St. Tammany Society, comments on societies in general.
Chapter 3. In which the Captain reflects upon the nature of governments.
Chapter 4. In which the Captain tells the story of a man accused of being a scholar, and in which a pig compares favourably to such a man in the eyes of the general public.
Chapter 5. Containing Brackenridge's ruminations upon the Jacobins and the French Revolution.
Chapter 6. In which the reader may observe the treatment of lawyers in some rural areas, and the Captain's explanation.
Chapter 7. In which the madman must defend his sanity as a reader of books.
Chapter 8. Brackenridge's commentary on the current disrespect for the learned among the people and the current practice of finding wives in the settlements.
Chapter 9. Containing what the Captain saw at the fair, including a pedlar, aseller of patent medicines, and a company of village players.
Chapter 10. In which the Captain discusses the theory of economy.
Chapter 11. In which the Captain discusses schools and education with a college principal.
Chapter 12. In which Teague is "recognized" as a judge, and nearly hanged.
Chapter 13. In which the Captain discusses the current rage against lawyers with the blind lawyer.
Chapter 14. Concerning Teague's dressing as the Devil and removing himself from the town because of it.
Chapter 15. In which the conjurer nearly finds Teague a wife, and the Captain discovers the vagaries of conjurers and their apprentices.
Chapter 16. Containing an episode In which the Captain once more puts Teague forward to the public body and the town's reactions to his generosity.
Chapter 17. Containing Brackenridge's reflections of the license of the press.
Chapter 1. In which Brackenridge uses the experience of Scipio Africanus as a comparison for American politics, particularly the Jeffersonian presidency.
Chapter 2. In which the Captain renews his travels and Teague becomes a judge.
Chapter 3. Containing a description and comparison of the back settlements.
Chapter 4. Containing Brackenridges reflections on the attainmnet of voting age.
Chapter 5. The Captain's adventures in the Lack-Learning settlement.
Chapter 6. In which the Captain observes the mode of life in the Lack-Learning settlement, and includes the song of the ballad singer, Clonmel.
Chapter 7. In which Brackenridge declares himself a democrat, and then proceeds to define the term.
Chapter 8. In which Brackenridge describes the manner in which new settlements usually form.
Chapter 9. In which Brackenridge discusses the uncertainty in law.
Chapter 10. The bog-trotter's adventures as judge, and his consequent shift to other occupations as the settlement defines the need for them.
Chapter 11. In which Brackenridge takes notice of the various characters of a new settlement, and meditates upon the physical and intellectual acuity of settlers.
Chapter 12. Containing the ruminations of the Captain, now Governor, upon the nature of government.
Chapter 13. Containing Clonmel's musical tribute to the new settlement and Brackenridge's opinions on the merit of Thomas Paine's ideas.
Chapter 14. In which the lay preacher begins a sermon, oft interrupted by the Latin Schoolmaster.
Chapter 1. Containing Brackenridge's ideas about knowledge in one's profession and common sense.
Chapter 2. In which Teague becomes a heroic Indian fighter and the settlers try to make him Major General..
Chapter 3. In which Brackenridge uses Lucien's description of warriors reaching the Styx to criticize King George III.
Chapter 4. In which we see a treaty assembly and a camp meeting held upon the same spot of land.
Chapter 5. On the inner workings of a Republican government.
Chapter 6. How the Captain fares as the new Governor, and the people's discussion of whether or not they should have a constitution.
Chapter 7. In which the Captain deals with opposition, which includes his servant, Teague.
Chapter 8. Containing the Captain's answer to the Irish contingent seeking a new constitution.
Chapter 9. In which the settlement attempts to determine who should vote.
Chapter 10. Containing reflections on universal suffrage "property" voting.
Chapter 11. Containing a digression upon the occasion of the Governor's message to the town.
Chapter 12. On the advantages of beasts in elected offices.
Chapter 13. Brackenridge's thoughts upon training a good orator.
Chapter 14. In which the Visionary Philosopher introduces his idea to train beasts for public office.
Chapter 15. Against the Captain's wishes, the philosopher opens a school for beasts.
Chapter 16. On the differences between man and beast.
Chapter 17. In which Yankee sharpsters dress Teague as a panther and market him as a talking beast.
Chapter 18. Reflections upon the nature of man.
Chapter 19. In which the author takes stock, and reports on the "progress" of this manuscript.
Appendix to Book 3. Containing a hudibrastic verse on George III's arrival at the Underworld.
Chapter 1. Brackenridge's ruminations on the languages of nations and his justification of Latin quotations.
Chapter 2. Containing thoughts on the improvability of beasts and a sample of beasts debating in court.
Chapter 3. Another disquisition on voting, property, and animals.
Chapter 4. Containing the Captain (now Governor)'s debate with the Visionary Philosopher.
Chapter 5. Containing thoughts on capital punishment.
Chapter 6. How the bog-trotter's problems in town got solved.
Chapter 7. Containing Classical examples of impeachment in government.
Chapter 8. Containing the continued discussion of powers of impeachment.
Chapter 9. Containing the narrative of the ruckus at the Visionary Philospher's school for beasts by Will Watlin and Harum Scarum.
Chapter 10. In which the Captain attempts to quiet the ambitions of Teague and Thady O'Connor and a discussion of why one usually finds more talent in new settlements.
Chapter 11. Disquisitions on general elements of the priesthood within government, the proper voting age, and moral truth.
Chapter 12. In which a discussion of methods of taxation takes place, and Teague becomes principal of the school for beasts, and is thought to have found a philosopher's stone.
Chapter 13. In which the Captain tires of the farces the townspeople support, and offers to resign in favor of Teague as Governor.
Chapter 14. Containing a description of the Governor's home.
Chapter 15. In which the Governor's bachelor state is discussed, and various women are set forth as proper wives for him.
Chapter 16. Containing a discussion of ancestry.
Chapter 17. The final chapter, in which Brackenridge attempts to tie up loose ends and explain the purpose of the book.