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FROM JUDGE WAYNE, ASSOCIATE JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME

COURT OF THE UNITED STATES.

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Dear Sir,

Supreme Court-room, March 3, 1847. S

am very much obliged to you for stitution, and will not, hereafter, other. elle of muck indebted to you. Permit me to make a suggestion.

It is, that

would

you add to the edition, intended for distribution by the Senate, a state. ment of the times when the Constitution was states, and when new states have been admitted ; particularly designating, in the last, such of thenı as have been admitted upon constitutions formed before there had been any original tion by Congress for admitting them. For reference it would be useful in many discussions, and has not been made, so for I can find, by any one. I Sear Sir, with great regaid,

Yfoui obed't scio't,

James Al. Wayne. W. ICukey, Esq.

, Washington.

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am,

FROM THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT OF PENN.

SYLVANIA.

Sir,

Philadelphia, 3d ollarch, 1847. I have attentively perused a recent edition of the Federal " Constitution, with a well-digested analysis and other matter ap. pended, "buy a citizen ;”and, it gives “

pleasure to say, the compilation is, not only a convenient book of reference, but an

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* In compliance with this friendly suggestion of Judge Wayne, the author has derived much satisfaction in devoting to it the entire 10th chapter of this edition.

The first edition of this book.

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invaluable compendium of political statistics for every day's use. The arrangement is an excellent one. Jithe Gued States, it is the duty of every man to take a part in the political ments of the day, and the booke ought therefore to be in the hands of the masses : * in Pennsylvania, it ought to be a text-book in tie comunor schools. The compiler is personally unknown to

hafijiy to give my testimony in favour of the merits of his production.

With great respect, Sir,

Your obedient serant, Cl. 9Сickey.

John B. Gibson.

me,

but I

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FROM THE JUDGE OF THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED

STATES FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA.

Dear Sir,

I have looked through the little volume which has been pre. pared, as I understand, under your charge, and I have really been surprised to find, in so compact a

compact a form, so many important subjects of constant reference.

The analytical index of topics embraced in the Federal Constitution is well devised, and, so far as S have tested its accuracy, bears proofs of care and skill. The several docu. ments and tables, which form the rest of the book, are judiciously selected from numerous volumes, which are not generally sible

, and they picsent a series of annals of the Constitution, from the first movement towards its formation, in 1786. I am obliged to you for the colly

which has been sent to me, and shall, no doubt, have frequent use for it

.
Very respectfully, yours,

J. K. Kane.
Mulad. 3 llar. 1817.

acccs.

Cl. YСickey.

I'ROM THE IIONORABLE SIDNEY BREESE, SENATOR OF THE

UNITED STATES.

be co.

Welby, dear Sir, Washington, llarch 6, 1847. I leave examined, with

great care, your

edition of the Con. stitution of the United States

, and I must be permuted to ex. press my approval of the plan and of the merits of the work. I do hope it will have a very extensive demand—that the state legislatures will patronize it, and that its circulation

тау. extensive wil the limits of our Union. It is a lamentable faci, that the Constitution of the United States—that most honored work of the patriots and sages of the Revolution has not yet had a general circulation. I hope it may

le introduced into our schools

, aca. emics, and all our seminaries of learning, and studied to be understood. You, sir, are entitled to great credit for the core and ability you have shown in preparing the present edition. I hope you and the country will profit by it.

Y'is, very truly, Cl. W. TCichey.

Sidney Breese.

I'ROM THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE

UNITED STATES FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.

am

Washington, D. C., elp..8, 1847. Wm. SC.chey, Esq.

Dear Sir,

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requested by my brethren on the bench of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia to thank you for your new and corrected edition of the Constitution of the Onited States

, which you have kundly sent to them, and for the valuable statistio information annexed to it; and espic. cially for the laborious and very particular analysis which you have made of the Constitution, and for the coirection of the

as

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in the text,

com.

errors in punctuation,

well

which

you

have discovered in the former editions.

The Fudges have not had time to examine the text very carefully; but, from the partial examination they have had time to make, and the great care with which your copy

has been pared with the original in the Department of State, they believe it to be the most correct copy extant, and they

have doubt it will be useful to all classes of society.

O With
great respect,

d'r Pir,
four obed't sero't,

W? Cranch.

no

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am,

FROM THE HONORABLE SILAS WRIGHT, LATE GOVERNOR OP

NEW YORK-FORMERLY SENATOR IN CONGRESS.

Canton, 9 April, 1847.
My dear Sir,
I thank

you
for the
copy of your

edition

of

the Constitution of the United States

, with your copious index. The design, and the manner of its execution, are alike creditable to you,

and I

anticipate a wide circulation of the little volume, and great usefulness to our free institutions from it.

Welbury of the editions of the Constitution of the United Ptates, in most common circulation, are very carelessly printed, with frequent erroneous punctuation, often increasing the doubts as to the true construction of the paragraphs. An edition, therefore, known to be correctly published, is of great

value, Your copious analytical index, however, constitutes the real value of your book. If studied faithfully, and by an unbiassed mind, it will lead it to read the Constitution practically, and to understand it as it is. Referring, as the analysis does, wery provision and clause to its practical application in the affairs of the government, it cannot fail to have a natural and powerful

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tendency towards a strict construction of the instrument in the mind of the scholar,—the only construction of the Constitution safe to our free institutions and to the Constitution itself.

No one, familiar with the affairs of our government, frawe failed to notice how large a proportion of our statemen appear never to have read the Constitution of the United States with a careful reference to its precise language and exact pro. visions, but rather,

as occasion presents, seem to excicise thicir ingenuity, unfortunately too often powerful and powerfully excited, to stretol both to the line of what they, at the monient, consider expedient. A reference to a careful, perfect, and full analysis of that instrument, and of the grants of power really found in it, caumot fail to exert a strong and salutary influence ufron such minds.

It is, however, upon the mind of the student and the rising generation of our country that I anticipate the widely extende) useful influence of your book. If it' shall be, as I hope it may,

introduced as a class book in our schools, it cannot fail soon to produce a more sound and correct and uniform under. standing of the Constitution as it is, than has hitherto prevailed in our country

It has long been a favorite wish of mine, as to this state, that our public laws of universal interest

may

be, by our Legisla. ture, distributed to our common schools in a form to be made a class-book for the more advanced scholars, that the current legis. sation of the state may be carly and thoroughly understood by tlwse who are to be the voters of the state.

Your book suggests the addition of the Constitution of thie State, with a full "index, such as that you have prepared for the Federal Constitution, as a permanent class-bock to precede tlie study of the current laws; and, if your "Constitution and the laws of 'Congress of a general character and universal publio interest could be comeeted with the course of study, I do not

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