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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1859, by
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.
ELECTRO TYPED AT THE
BOSTON STEREOTYPE FOUNDRY.
The following work is intended to correct some of the prominent mistakes which are found to prevail in regard to the character of that political controversy which took place in Rhode Island in 1841–2. Although some may be of opinion that it is too soon to give that history to the public, and the day may be far distant when it can be written or read without prejudice, yet the author believes that no good cause will suffer by investigation; that it can never be too soon to correct errors and mistakes; that national freedom can only be maintained by the proper diffusion of knowledge, and that in every popular government the respective rights of the people and of their government should be clearly defined and distinctly understood. If popular sovereignty is to be regarded as any thing more than an empty name-if it is in reality the fundamental principle