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HARVARD

UNIVERSITY

LIBRARY

DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, to wit:

District Clerk't Office. Be it remembered, that on the twenty-ninth day of November, A. D. 1830, in the fifty-fifth year of the Independence of the United States Of America, Perkins and Marvin of the said district, have deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof tbey claim as Proprietors, in the words following, to wit:

"Speeches and Forensic Arguments. Bv Daniel Webster."

In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled " An Act for tin encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned :" and also to an Act entitled " An Act supplementary to an Act, entitled, an Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books to the Authors and Proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned; and extending die benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving and etching historical and other prints"

JNO. W. DAVIS, i CtetKofthtDutrict

'I of MasrachutitU.

PREFACE

The present generation of American citizens seems to have a part to act scarcely less remarkable than the preceding. Our immediate ancestors are, indeed, singularly distinguished as the founders of our Free Institutions; but we are ourselves almost as critically, and, for usefulness at least, as fortunately situated. In die view of the sagacious observer, we are objects of as profound and fearful interest as were our Fathers. The ultimate success of our political system depends, perhaps, nearly as much on the first generation that grows up under them, as on that by wliich they were framed and organized.

It is our part not only to exhibit to the world a practical illustration of the influence of the Federal Constitution, but to define and determine its construction; to apply its provisions to unforeseen exigences, and to cases contemplated by its framers, as they may arise under unexpected circumstances and new modifications; to give, in short, its influence to the public sentiment, on questions of deep and permanent interest; and thus, in all probability, to establish in the community, habits of thinking and of action, which will affect the public concerns as long as die Union shall exist. It is not altogether in paper constitutions, however skilfully devised or precisely expressed, to control the administration; the habits of the

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