The Author of the following little Poem is an officer of His Majesty's Commissariat, now quartered at Halifax, in Nova Scotia, where his father formerly held a situation in the same department.
     Mr. Goldsmith's opinion of this effort of his talent was very modest, and it would not have met the public eye, if it had not fallen

under the observation of several friends, who thought it deserving of notice and encouragement. They supposed that a poem upon such a subject, from the pen of a person bearing the names of the celebrated Author of the Deserted Village, and allied to him by blood, would hardly fail to excite some interest; more especially as it may be 10
considered as taking up the history of the innocent sufferers who were driven from Auburn, and tracing their humble progress beyond the Western main, from their first settlement in a rude forest, to a state of comparative comfort and enjoyment.
     Those friends accordingly recommended the publication of The
Rising Village, and the author consented to commit it entirely to their discretion. They are not without hope that it will be received with all reasonable indulgence, as the first effort of a deserving young man, who has always recommended himself by his character and conduct. Nor have they a doubt that such reception of his first attempt will 20
encourage him to new exertion. For he has an aged and widowed mother, now residing at Plymouth, whose comfort it is his chief delight to promote; and if his talent and his pen can be made instrumental to such a purpose, they will engage his very earnest endeavours.
     I have pleasure in acknowledging myself to be one of those friends, who take an interest in the success of this little poem, and in
the welfare of a person so meritorious and deserving as the Author of it.  




June 30, 1825