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" In quo hoc maximum est, quod neque ante illum, quem ille imitarateur neque post illum qui
eum imitari poosset. inventus est." Paterc. lib. I. cap. .
nor did any come after who could imitate him."
A CLASS BOOK IN ACADEMIES
• AND SCHOOLS,
ITHACA, N. Y.:
No. 69 OWEGO STREET.
TA£ ,eader has a right to know what degree of credit is due to the following narrative ; and it is the object of this preface to give hin that satisfaction.
It was in the summer of eighteen hundred and five, that the design of writing this biography was first conceived. It was produced hy an incident of feeling, which, however it affected the author at the time, might now be thought light and trivial by the reader; and he shall not, therefcre, be detained by the recital of it. The author kuew nothing of Mr. Henry, personally. He had never seen him, and was of course compelled to rely wholly on the information of others. As soon, therefore, as the design was formed of writing his life, aware of the necessity of losing no tiine in collecting, froin the few remaining coevals of Mr. Henry, that personal knowledge of the subject which might ere long be expected to die with thein, the author despatched letters to every quarter of the state in which it occurred to him as probable that interesting matter might be found ; and he was gratified by the prompt attention which was paid to his inquiries..
There were, at that time, living in the county of Hanover, three gentlemen of the first respectability, who had been the companions of Mr. Henry's child. hood and youth; these were, Col. Charles Dabney, Capt. George Dabuey, and Col. William O. Winston ; the two first of whoin are still living. Not having the pleasure of a personal acquaintance with these gentlemen, the author interested the late Mr. Nathaniel Pope in his object, and, by his instrumentality, procured all the useful information which was in their possession. Mr. Pope is well known to have been a gentleman of uncommonly vigorous and discriininating mind; a sacred observer of truth, and a man of the purest sense of honour. The author cannot recall the memory of this most amiable and excellent man, to whom (if there be any inerit in this work) the friends of Mr. Henry and the state of Virginia owe so many obligations, without paying to that revered memory the tribute of his respect and affection. Mr. Pope was one of those ardent young Virginians, who embarked before they had attained their maturity, in the cause of the American revolution : he joined an animated and active corps of horse, and signalized himself by an irnpetuous gallantry, which drew upon him the eyes and the applause of his commander. In peace, he was as mild as he had been breve in war ;, his bosom. was repleta