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THE HIGH AUTHORITIES AND CIVIL OFFICERS OF GOVERNMENT,
F R o M M A R C H 4, 1789, To M. A R C H 3, 1847;
(slyronological Narratine of the Øcueral states;
A N D OTH E R IN TER ESTING MATTER,
with a descriptive account of the
STATE PAPERS, PUBLIC DOCUMENTS,
AND OTHER SOURCES OF -
POLITICAL AND STATISTICAL INFORMATION
A T T H E S E A T OF G O V E R N M E N T.

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Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1853, by W. H. I C K E Y,

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

STEREOTYPED BY L. JOHNSON & Co.
PH E LADELPHIA.
PRINTED BY T. K. & P. G. coll, INs.

TO
T H E P E O P L E,

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“The Constitution in 1ts words is plain and intelligible, and it is meant for the homebred, unsophisticated understandings of our fellow-citizens.”

“The people alone are the absolute owners and uncontrollable movers of such sovereignty as human beings can claim to exercise; subject to the eternal and unchangeable rules of justice, of truth, and of good Faith. The moral law is out of its reach; sovereignty cannot violate that, and be more justified than the humblest individual.”

“Yield away the Constitution and the Union, and where are we? Frittered into fragments, and not able to claim one portion of the past as peculiarly our own: Öurijssion is not merely a blessing; it is a political necessity. We can not exist without it. ... I mean, that all of existence which is worth having must depart with it. Our liberties could not endure the incessant conflicts of civil and conterminous strife; our independence would be an unreal mockery, our very memories would turn to bitterness.”

(Mr. Dallas in defence of the Constitution.)

The provision under which THIS Book MAY BE TRANSMITTED BY MAIL FREE of Post Age, by persons having the privilege of franking public documents, is contained in “..An act to establish certain post-routes, and for other purposes,” approved 3d March, 1847, in the following words:–

“Such publications or books as have been or may be published, procured, or purchased by order of either House of Congress, or a joint resolution of the two Houses, shall be considered as public documents, and entitled to be

franked as such.”

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