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MEANT AS ILLUSTRATIVE, THOUGH SOME (NOT SO IMMEDIATELY
BY DOCTOR EBENEZER MACK, ©
Author of "Anatomy in Rhyme," &c.
ILLUSTRATED WITH FIVE ENGRAVINGS, DESIGNED AND EXECUTEP
NEW-YORK-SOLD AT 350 WATER-STREET.
Southern District of New-York, ss.
BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the twenty-ninth day of June in the fortyeighth year of the Independence of the United States of America, Dr. E. MACK, 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 Cat-Fight; a Mock Heroic Poem. Supported with copious extracts from ancient and modern Classic Authors. Meant as illustrative, though some (not so immediately relative) pressed in by medium of their intrinsic merit; making something like what has been termed a narrow rivulet of text, and wide extended meadow of notes. by Dr. Ebenezer Mack, Author of Anatomy in Rhyme, &c. Illustrated with five Engravings, designed and executed by D. C. Johnston, of Philadelphia, Author from recollection of "Mathews at home, in la Diligence, Polly Packet," &c.
In conformity to the Act of 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 time 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."
Clerk of the Southern District of New-York:
SOME idea of the approbation this POEM is capable of inspiring, may be formed, by the circumstance, that except by the induction of extracts into Almanacs and other ephemeral works, it has gone forth scarce any other way than orally, or in manuscript-yet has taken such a spread as to become a part of the Mental Recreations in most of the convivial and other social circles in many of the cities and opulent towns on both sides of the Atlantic; repeated by geniuses, and to audiences of the first consideration. One gentleman in particular has scarce failed a day these seven years without reciting an extract of it, or being importuned to do so. to parties of from five to five hundred; and from the domestic firesides to the public halls, assembly-rooms, and hotels; at entertainments, dinners, balls, and assemblies, dedicated in honour of the great diplomatic and heroic characters, and great national days of the United States. Received-with what enthusiastic applause, need not here be mentioned; as many to whom this will be presented have witnessed, and will judge for themselves.
And now, of the million who have been thus amused, at home and abroad—of the few, very few, who had known or have sought out the author, it has been frequently and confidently suggested, that a subscription would soon realize a sum adequate to the expense of an elegant publication, and in some measure remunerate for exertions. Thus stimulated, it was contemplated to publish this work, with Notes, critical and explicative, with quotations from Classics referred or alluded to—viz:
Seven babe, Feb 5, 1948