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any thing that would
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for soundly to qualify young men to become ficemen, and to discharge the duties of ficemen at the polls of our elections so safely to their counting and creditably to themselves. S sincerely hope the publication of your
lead the way to some such valuable addition to the education of the grung, men of the republio. vélby leisure has not permitted examine
index in all its parts as carefully as the subject demands, but the exami. nations. I have made, together wille my knowledge of your accustomed
accuracy, and iwariulle fidelity of intention, induce me to sjecak with the confidence I do of the whole work. The matter you have connccted with the publication of the Constitu. tion is pertinent, and such as the
student of the instrument ought to be made familiar with, while the lessons of wisdom froin the Father of his Country will consecrate the whole to his niemory and fris heart. With the repetition of my thanks for the copy of this work,
Very respectfully, and truly, yours, William Cickey, Esq.
FROM THE HONORABLE JOHN MACPHERSON BERRIEN, SENATOR
OF THE UNITED STATES.
Roockingham, 28th Sept., 1847. J examined the copy of “The Constitution” which
you sent to me on its first publication, and then
you fworable opinion which I entertained of the work, from its ncat. ness, its accuracy, and its comprehensiveness
. Of the importance of its distribution among all classes of our citizens, S think 10 one can doubt. It is the fundamental law, that which controls all others-the charter of our liberties, which wery citizen has
personul interest in understanding thoroughly. °I would be
gratified, therefore, to know that
possessed of copy of it, and had made himself familiar with its contents, by frequent and careful perusals of it.
it. This would make him more perfectly comprehend his own position as a citizen of this great Republic ; it would enable him to realize moie cordially the intimate relation in which he stands to wery other citizen ; and thus its tendency would be to draw closer the fraternal bond which unites us as one
people. YСe would become sensible how much the intelligence and virtue of each indwidual may promote the hafyriness of his fellows, and of the corresponding and unhappy influence of ignorance and vice; and this conviction would render him the advocate of all proper measures to enlarge the intelli
ve the morals, of those with whom he is politi. cally associated. A knowledge of the Constitution, which is for the most pait plain and simple in its provisions, would often enable him to spurn indignantly the efforts of demagogues to mislead him, and awaken him to a deeper sense of gratitude for the privileges which he is permitted to enjoy.
It would, in my opinion, be desirable that such a copy of the Constitution as that which you have prepared, should be in pos.
, session of each judicial tribunal throughout the land, as a stand. ard to which reference may be had with undoubting confidence,
. in cases which involve questions of Constitutional law. "But I would especially desire to see it introduced as a text-book in our schools and colleges
, that our young men may be taught to lenow their rights, and to become acquainted with their duties, as citi. zens, before they engage in the employments of active life. to 'a citizen of the United States, J 'thank you for the
you have conferred upon the community by this compilation, and
may be amply remunerated. I am, dear sir, very respe’y, Go.
Jno. Mbacpherson Berrien.
FROM TIIE ION. HENRY CLAY, SENATOR OF TIIE UNITED STATES.
Washington, September, 1850. Dear Sir,
Understanding that intend to publish a fourth edition of the volume, compiled and prepared by you, containing the Con. stitution of the United States
, and other highly useful and interesting matter, I take pleasure in expressing the satisfaction I have derived from an examination of the work. You have displayed judgment in the materials which it embodies, and in the order with which they have been arranged. Your residence at the city of Washington, and in one of the public offices, has af. forded you an
opportunity of access to the original text of the Constitution, and to the other documents and records contained
your volume, of which you appear to have assiduously availed yourself. Your work, therefore, deserves perfect confidence in its entire authenticity.
and such obvious reasons in favor of this book being extensively circulated
, and in the hands of wery citizen who can conveniently afford to purchase it, that I cannot doubt thie existence of a constant and large demand for it. And citizens who are going abroad, and foreigners who are coming among us, would all do well to obtain possession of a book which comprises, within a small
the record of so many impor. tant National events and National transactions. It is scarcely necessary to add an
expression of my
wishes obtain a liberal
patronage from the public, richly merited for your
four obed't, servant,
There are so many
that you may
Cd. W. GCickey.
FROM THE HON. LEWIS CASS, SENATOR OF THE UNITED STATES.
Detroit, November 15, 1850.
your request I have carefully examined, and do not hesi. tate to give my opinion of the value of, your edition of the Con. stitution, though it is a work which does not need
testimo. nial of mine to its merits, nor will the expression of my judgment commend it the more to public favor. It is a monument of care, and labor, and accuracy, and may safely depend upon its own intrinsic claims, without calling to its aid
adventitious cii. cumstances whatever. The voice of the country and the re. peated orders of the Senate for its publication and distribution, are equally honorable to the character of the work, and to the ability and fidelity of the author. Its scrupulous accuracy, its analytical investigations
, and the compression of the important Pristorical facts which preceded and attended the proceedings of the Convention, and which marked the progress of the adoption of the Constitution, through all the stages of doubt and anxiety, till the final and happy consummation, have already received the approbation of several eminent men, whose letters are con. tained in the former edition. But if ever there was a
a period in the history of our country, which called upon us to look back upon the blessings which the Constitution has brought, and upon the difficulties it encountered before it received the sanction of the etmerican States and people, that period is upon us.
SP as we were in 1787,
power could bring us together. Whether, with all the experience of our dangers and our blessings, we can be kept together, must depend upon the spirit with which we come up to the work. Whether the feelings of concession and compromise which ani. mated our fathers will continue to animate their sons, or enough
of them, to prescive and perpetuate this precious heritage, quired by services and sufferings which are wiitten in our past history, and may find equal examples of national calamity in the future, should this confederation be broken is the
great question of the day, which wents are fast hastening to a solution, under circumstances as imposing they are portentous.
Your reference to the practice of Rome and to that of the mediaeval ages in England, where the diffusion of the knowledge of their respective Constitutions, especially among youth,
of the cares of the government, furnishes an important lesson, which cannot be too strongly commended to the public attention. The Constitution should be a school-book, made fa. miliar to us from our earliest ycars. Its principles, its pro.
. visions, its limitations, should be studied and understood, and the more they are studied the better will they be appreciated and the dearer they will become. I should be glad to see your
edition of the Constitution in every school-house in the Union, and my colleague and myself are so impressed with the importance of this suggestion, that we intend to distribute all the copies ceive, among the school libraries of Ollichigan.
Lewis Cass. William Yéickey, Esq.