Covers, Titles, and Tables: The Formations of American Literary Canons

the numerous publick assemblies, so many schools for learning the art of 
speaking.  The eloquence in Congress.   Our language not patrimonial,
but maternal, by a just discrimination in forming the word to describe it.
The vernacular.  The eloquence of our early ages.  A sketch of a few of
our orators of a later period.  Patrick Henry, Mr. Madison, John Adams,
Alexander Hamilton, Gouberneur Morris, Fisher Ames, Samuel Phillips,
Samuel Dexter, Pinckney; with attempts to mark the style of each as far
as a slight sketch would convey their different manners. - - 209
Our military character. The wars the colonies were engaged in. Character 
of King Philip . Exploit of Mrs. Duston . The attack on Norridgewock. 
Lovewell's fight. The sufferings of Virginia. The numerous attacks or 
preparations for attack on Canada . The affair of Louisbourg. The suc-
ceeding events. Braddock's defeat. Johnson 's fight. Montcalm, on Lake 
George. The Indian Chief Hendrick . Shirley. Abercrombie , Lord 
Howe . Amherst , Wolfe . The close of that war. The revolutionary war. 
The people loyal; the pangs of separation, the awful opening of the great 
drama of the revolution. The battle of Bunker Hill. Death of Warren . 
The uses of the blood spilt. The necessity of being provided for war to 
prevent it 	227
Washington 's first appearance at the head of the army. The veneration be was 
held in. The expedition to Quebeck, daring and hazardous. Washington 's 
character developed at the battle of Trenton and Princeton. The taking 
of Burgoyne. A sketch of him. The battles which followed as showing 
their bearing upon events, and as showing the character of the American 
people. The debt the present generation owe the past. How the hero should 
be rewarded when living, and honoured when dead. What was prepared to 
be done, to perpetuate the memory of Washington . Hale , the martyr. 
Pulaski. Kosciusko. L'Enfant. Daniel Boone. West Point. 	243
The naval character of out country. Its earliest beginnings. The naval 
force at the capture of Louisbourg, as taken from ancient documents. The 
exertion for a naval force in Massachusetts. In Congress. Washington 's 
prompt conduct in regard to captures. The great success of the American 
navy. The probable number of vessels captured. A few of our naval 
heroes of that age mentioned. The close of this war. The resuscitation 
of the navy arising from commercial enterprise. The proceedings in Con-
gress, 1798 . The quasi, war of 1798 . The doings of our navy at that 
time. Truxton , Shaw , and others. The reduction of the navy in 1801 . 
Its immediate increase for the war of Tripoli. Remarks upon that; some 
of those distinguished mentioned. The certainty of our continuing to be a 
maritime people, and keeping up a navy, drawn from the deep rooted par-
tiality seen for this kind of defence in every expression of publick senti-
ment 	266
Postscript. 	286
Appendix. 	289


Dr. Kenneth Roemer
University of Texas at Arlington

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