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The subject of this volume has so long attracted the interest and excited the admiration of the lovers of
nature, that a formal preface seems almost unnecessary. I shall simply state the principal reason which has urged me to publish this book. It is this ; that, although there are already before the public many descriptions of NIAGARA ; yet (so far as I am aware) there is no work in which are collected the various descriptions, separately published by those who have visited this incomparable Cataract.
For the original suggestion of such a work, and indeed for many of the descriptions here presented,
I am indebted to friend, who, though he has never visited the Falls, has collected a variety of extracts from the different describers of NIAGARA.
The same friend has kindly enriched my volume with some verses of his own, which, I think, will be much
admired by my readers, and which form one of the principle articles in the conclusion of the ensuing