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The articles upon the history and progress
of Glass Manufacture herein presented to the public were originally
published in the columns of a village newspaper.
They are the result of investigation upon
these topics made in the few leisure moments gained from the
engrossing cares of business, and consequently make no pretension
to anything of literary character or execution.
The object of the writer has been to gather,
in a condensed form, whatever of interesting information could be
gained from authentic sources, in regard to a branch of manufacture
which has attained a position among the useful and elegant arts
scarcely rivalled by any other of those which mark and distinguish
the progressive character of our country.