In the following pages I offer nothing more than simple facts, plain
arguments and common sense; and have no other preliminaries to
settle with the reader, other than that he will divest himself of prejudice
and prepossession, and suffer his reason and his feelings to determine
for themselves; that he will put on, or rather that he will not put
off, the true character of a man, and generously enlarge his views beyond
the present day.