IN this Almanack, which is my seventh, besides many particulars, which I hope will be judged useful and entertaining, I have inserted the Substance of the Constitution of Massachusetts, and the Preliminary Articles of Peace between America and Great-Britain; as the happy event of Peace affects every individual in the community, and the copies of these articles are very scarce, and knowing that every person wishes to beacquainted with them, I hope they will be acceptable, and as satisfactory as if I had ornamented my Almanack with some pretty, (catch-penny) picture to please little master Jemmy, or pretty miss Nancy. This production is also embellished with an Ephemeris of the Planets, Places for the1st, 7th, 13th, 19th and 25th days of each month which I found a great number of persons were desirous having. A correspondent has furnished a very useful Table to calculate the quantity of Liquor in a cast of any dimensions, which will be found very serviceable, especially for Traders and Innkeepers in the Country, who wish not to be imposed on in making purchases.
Great attention has been paid to the Astronomical part of this work, and I believe upon examination it will be found is accurate as any in these States.
I would now inform such of my Readers, who were formerly pleased with the accuracy, &c. Bickerstaff's Boston Almanack, published yearly before the war, that the same person who calculated them, has also calculated this, that he is therefore the REAL Bickerstaff; but has for some years past dropped the name by reason of so many others assuming of it, some of whose productions brought the name into disrepute. For the truth of this, I appeal to the Printer of this Almanack, who can give convincing proof thereof.
I beg leave to repeat the request which I made last year that my Readers would preserve their Almanacks after the year for which they are calculated is expired, as many things are inserted which will often be found useful, and by adding the new ones to the old, they will be found handy when wanted.
That Happiness may ever attend you, is the sincere wish of your obliged
humble servant, PHILOMATHES.
*** The Anatomy of Man's body, &c. inserted last year,