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YoUR MAJESTY, With feelings of enthusiasm, founded on the contemplation of a peaceful and a patriotic King, do I inscribe to Your Majesty, the first Volume of an effort to delineate the History of Ancient America. If, in the following pages, Your Majesty should recognise Your own portraiture in that of Hiram the Great, it is such as truth and history have designed and coloured;—fawning flattery and false adulation have not added even a thought to embellish, where Patriotism has so nobly consolidated. The Building of Solomon's Temple at Jerusalem, by Hiram of Tyrus, was not more generous, and liberal in Religious sentiments, than were your own,
as Protestant King of Prussia, in laying the cornerstone of the Catholic Cathedral of Cologne,—the fervent words at which ceremony, Time will hallow within his Archives: nor was your own branch of Christianity forgotten or neglected; for the Sacred City of Jerusalem previously recorded your Majesty's munificence in promulgating the Divine Faith of Salvation! For the peace of Europe, and for the prosperity of Prussia, for the advancement of Religious and Civil Liberty, Education, Literature, the Arts and Sciences, may the Disposer of Events prolong the life, and intellectual vigour of Your Majesty, to the utmost verge of venerable age; and when the monument shall enclose Your earthly remains, may Your subjects feel, that Your Royal Ancestor-Frederick of Prussia, was not the only Monarch of their father-land deserving the time-honoured, and historic surname of “The Great.” I am flattered in the occasion which permits me to render this tributary offeringAnd to subscribe myself, YoUR MAJESTY's Obedient and Obliged,
GEORGE JONES. London, June, 1843.