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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1857, by

CHARLES DESILVER,

in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the United States for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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TO THOSE
UPON WHOSE FUTURE EFFORTS

MUST DEPEND THE WELFARE OF THEIR STATE,
AND

HER POSITION AND INFLUENCE IN THIS GREAT CONFEDERACY,

THE YOUNG MEN OF WISCONSIN,

THIS EFFORT TO DEVELOP HER RESOURCES,
AND

INCREASE HER POWER,
3ts 3&espectfully 3:nscribed by their jrfemu,

THE AUTHOR.

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THE preparation of the following pages was undertaken, in consequence of a strong impression left upon the mind of the author, after several tours through Wisconsin, that the advantages afforded by that rapidly increasing State were very insufficiently known. With a desire to afford correct information, much pains have been taken to obtain, from undoubted authority, those statistics which disclose the true character of her soil, climate, and resources. He has endeavored to bring within a moderate space, such a knowledge of the advantages presented by Wisconsin, as should induce the worthy and enterprising settler to find a happy home within her borders.

For many of the statements made, the author is enabled to refer to the testimony of intelligent farmers residing on the shores of Lake Superior and in other

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sections of the country. He is also greatly indebted to the press throughout the State, for the kind manner in which his inquiries have been replied to. He desires to acknowledge the favors received from Lyman C. Draper, Esq., Secretary of the Historical Society, and returns his thanks to Andrew J. Aiken, Esq., Secretary of the Board of Trade of Milwaukee, for the assistance so kindly proffered. The value of the work is much enhanced by the correct manner in which the maps accompanying it have been engraved by Mr. J. L. Hazzard, of Philadelphia. The author is also greatly indebted to Captains Tompkins, Spalding, Turner, and Sweet, for the use of their charts and corrections of the Map of Lake Superior; and to Hon. Oswald Thompson, of Pennsylvania, Hon. Jesse D. Bright, of Indiana, and Gen. Henry Dodge, . of Wisconsin, for valuable statistical information. That the work is free from errors can hardly be expected. The author can only say that he has earnestly endeavored to make it so. -

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