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DistrICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, TO WIT:
BE it remembered, That on the ninth day of February, in the thirty-third year of the Independence of the United States of America, Frances Ames, of the said district, has depos. ited in this office, the title of a book, the right whereof she claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit : “ Works of Fisher Ames. Compiled by a number of his friends. To which are prefixed, Notices of his Life and Character. Nihil tetigit quod non ornavit.”
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 an 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."
WILLIAM S. SHAW,
OF THE LIFE AND CHARACTER OF
MR. AMES was distinguished among the eminent men of our country. All admitted, for they felt, his extraordinary powers ; few pretended to doubt, if any seemed to deny, the purity of his heart. His exemplary life commanded respect; the charms of his conversation and manners won affection. He was equally admired and beloved.
His publick career was short, but brilliant. Called into the service of his country in seasons of her most critical emergency, and partaking in the management of her councils during a most interesting period of her history, he obtained a place in the first rank of her statesmen, legislators, orators, and patriots. By a powerful and original genius, an impressive and uniform virtue he succeeded, as fully perhaps as any political character in a republick agitated by divisions ever did, in surmounting the two pernicious vices, designated by the inimitable biographer of Agricola, insensibility to merit on the one hand, and envy on the other.
BECOMING a private citizen, he still operated extensively upon the publick opinion and feeling by conversation and
writing. When least in the publick eye, he remained the
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