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EDITED BY HENRY VETHAKE, LL. D.
PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY ; AUTHOR OF A TREATISE ON POLITICAL ECONOMY, ETC.
WITH AN APPENDIX, CONTAINING
THE NEW TARIFF OF 1846,
REDUCED TO AD VALOREM RATES AS FAR AS PRACTICABLE.
THE TARIFF OF 18 42,
TRANSIT BILLS, OF 1846.
A TABLE OF ALL FOREIGN GOLD AND SILVER COIN,
REDUCED TO FEDERAL CURRENCY, &c. &c. &c.
IN TWO VOLUMES.-VOL. I.
"Though immediately and primarily written for the merchants, this Commercial Dictionary will be
“We, therefore, hope that we shall pot repent the labour of compiling this work, nor flatter our-
JOHNSON, Preface to Rolt's Dict.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1839, by
Printed by T. K & P. G. Collins.
THE AMERICAN EDITOR.
In offering to the public an American edition of Mr. M°Culloch's valuable Commercial Dictionary, it is unnecessary to add any thing, concerning the object and plan of the work, to what will be found in the subjoined extracts from the author's prefaces to the several editions of it which have appeared in England.
With respect to the labours of the present editor, he has for the most part confined himself to matters relating to his own country, or of especial interest to its citizens. Considerable information of this nature will be found appended to the articles Aliens, Banking, Coal, Coins, Cotton, Importation and Exportation, Imports and Exports, Iron, Roads, Silk, and Tariff, as well as others. A few articles have been inserted on subjects not treated by the author ; such as Admi. ralty Courts, Liverpool, London, &c.
There is, generally speaking, an extreme difficulty in the United States of procuring statistical information, which may be depended upon for its accuracy. Besides the reports, from time to time made to Congress, by the Secretary of the Treasury, and by committees of that body, the principal sources that have been consulted for the purpose are the commercial newspapers published in some of our large cities, particularly the Philadelphia Commercial List,—Mr. Raguet's “ Financial Register,--and the “ United States Commercial and Statistical Register,” edited by Samuel Hazard. The former of the two works just mentioned contains a greater mass of facts, mingled with much valuable disquisition, respecting the subjects to which it is devoted, than is to be found elsewhere. Mr. Hazard's work has just reached the close of its first volume. It is published in weekly numbers, abounds in useful information, and is deserving of extensive patronage.
It is proper to mention that this American has been reprinted from the last English edition. The supplement to this, however, not having been received in time, a page or two was unavoidably omitted to be incorporated with the rest of it in the body of the work, but will be found in a supplement at the end of the second volume. In the same supplement, too, the reader will find further aldi. tions by the American editor; some of which, relating to the United States, (the article Fisk, for example,) could not be prepared for an earlier insertion; and others, again, consist of the statistics of the commerce of certain foreign ports, brought down to a later date than is given by the author.