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BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the twenty-sixth day of July, in the thirtieth year of the Independence of the United States of America, A. D. 1805, THOMAS BRANAGAN, of the said District, hath deposited in this Office, the Title of a Book, the Right whereof he claims as Author, in the words following, to wit:

"Avenia: or, a tragical poem, on the Oppression of the "Human Species, and Infringement on the Rights of "Man. In six books, with notes explanatory and mis"cellaneous. Written in Imitation of Homer's Iliad. "By THOMAS BRANAGAN, author of a Preliminary "Essay on Slavery.

"Proud Nimrod first the bloody chace began,

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"A mighty hunter, and his prey was man? ....POPE.

In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, intituled, "An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts, and Bocks, to the Authors and Proprietors of such Cofies 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.”

D. CALDWELL, Clerk of the
District of Pennsylvania.


THE dignity, the importance, and the popularity of the subsequent TRAGICAL POEM, as it respects its matter, and not its merits as a POETICAL composition, encourages the Author to offer it to the Patronage of the Citizens of America. Being convinced that they will not be deficient in their characteristic generosity, when the circumstances of the publication are impartially considered.

The cause of freedom is their own cause, and must attract the notice of every true republican in particular, and the votaries of religion and humanity in general;




The Author anticipates particular satisfaction in the opportunity this publication af



fords him, in acknowledging with the most grateful sensations, the generous patronage afforded his antecedent production, by a judicious public; which far exceeded his most sanguine expectations, and which can only be equalled by the unfeigned thankfulness, and sentiments of respect, with which he subscribes himself, the public's much obliged, and

Very Humble Servant,


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