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The Art of Shooting with the Long Bow,
AS PRACTISED BY
THE UNITED BOWMEN OF PHILADELPHIA,
R. H. HOBSON, 147 CHESTNUT STREET.
Eastern District of Pennsylvania, to wit:
Be it remembered, that on the fourth day of May, in the fifty-fourth year of the independence of the United States of America, A.D. 1830, Richard H. Hobson, of the said district, has deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit:
“ The Archer's Manual: or the Art of Shooting with the Long Bow, as practised by the United Bowmen of Philadelphia.”
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 such copies during the times therein mentioned ;" and also to the act, entitled, “ an act supplementary to an act, entitled, “an act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts and books to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned,' and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving and etching historical and other prints.”
The bow, as an implement of the chase, is of indefinite antiquity. In the most ancient written production, the book of Genesis, the bow and quiver of Esau are spoken of as things well known. The mythology of the Greeks ascribed its invention to Apollo; and Hercules, in the well known fable, killed the centaur with an arrow.
But however early the bow may have been known to the various nations of the earth, it is difficult to believe that their knowledge of it was derived from the same discovery. It is a characteristic of savage tribes, to adhere closely to the habits of their ancestors. The Indian nations who harassed the retreat of Xenophon, retain, to the present hour, the long bows and arrows of reed which that author has described. When, therefore, we discover that the bows and arrows of different districts differ