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TIL DEN FOUNDATIONS.
District of Connecticut, to wit: BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the first day of February, in the thirty. fourth year of the Independence of the United States of America, Benjamin Silliman, of the said District, hath deposited in this office the title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as author, in the words following, to wit:
" A Journal of Travels in England, Holland, and Scotland, and of two Passages over the Atlantic, in the years 1805 and 1806."
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 them, during the times therein mentioned."
H. W. EDWARDS,
The Trustees of Yale College, in the autumn of 1804, appropriated a sum of money, for the enlarge. ment of their library, and philosophical and chemical apparatus ; and, they determined on sending an agent to Europe, for the purpose of making the contemplated collections. I was commissioned to execute this trust, and was allowed to avail myself of such oppor. tunities as might occur, for acquiring information, especially in chemistry, which it was my duty to teach, in the institution with which I am connected.
Such were my principal objects, in Europe, and to these the greater part of my time was necessarily de. voted.
At the request of the brother to whom the following pages are addressed, I commenced a journal, which was continued, from the first, without a single day's omission, till my return. Instead of filling my letters with descriptions of what I saw, I constantly made my journal the depository of my observations and thoughts, and it was transmitted to America, in numbers, at convenient intervals.