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WHATEVER relates to the birth of a great,
free, powerful, and independent nation, must, neces-
sarily, form an important era in the history of the
world that we inhabit. Abortive attempts by nations to
relieve themselves from the chains of oppression, are
always denominated treason against the rulers of the
day, and the records of criminal jurisprudence con-
stitute, perhaps, their only memorial: so true is the
remark of Dr. Priestly, that every unsuccessful revolt
is called a rebellion, and every successful struggle a
Revolution. Wallace died upon the scaffold, while
Washington was triumphant.
Those who performed a conspicuous part in the
early stages of our Revolution, not being recognized
by their enemies as the agents of an independent pow-
er, were stigmatized as rebels, denounced as traitors,
and interdicted from the common rights of humanity
exercised by all belligerent nations, and which may
now be said, even in times of hostility, to constitute a
part of national law. The word rebel was, during our

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