This encyclopaedia by Reverend Charles A. Goodrich was originally published in 1831. It covers a wide range of subjects, from natural history and agriculture, to government and statistics, and accompanies these topics with various illustrations. As a congressional minister, and author of many tracts on Christianity, this work is written with a leaning toward the religion's world view and very much reflects the time in which it was written. Along with some interesting information, this publication serves as a window into how knowledge was distributed during the early 19th century. To compliment the republication of this work, a brand new introductory biography of the author has been added to help place the text in its historical context.