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OF

THE UNITED STATES

FROM THEIR DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

TO THE CLOSE OF THEIR CIVIL WAR

BY

GEORGE TICKNOR CURTIS

IN TWO VOLUMES

Vol. I.

NEW YORK

HARPER & BROTHERS, FRANKLIN SQUARE

1889

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1897

Copyright, 1889, by GEORGE TICKNOR CURTIS.

All rights reserved.

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PREFACE.

More than thirty years ago I published a work, in two volumes, entitled “History of the Origin, Formation, and Adoption of the Constitution of the United States, with Notices of its Principal Framers." It met with favor and found its way into many public and private libraries throughout the country. It ended with the adoption of the Constitution by two more than the number of states requisite to give it operation. It was my intention, at some future time, to follow down the Constitutional history of the United States through the adoption of the first twelve, and the succeeding amendments. Circumstances, however, delayed, and for some years frustrated, the fulfilment of this purpose. The beginning of the Civil War, in 1861, seemed to indefinitely postpone the time when I could undertake an enlargement of my existing work; for until that terrific contest should be ended, it could not be known whether we were still to have the Constitution which was bequeathed to us by the statesmen who made it and the generation which put it into execution. And after the war was ended by the triumph of the Federal arms, many more years elapsed before I could feel that the Constitution had come out of the turmoil with its principles in a fair state of preservation. Now, however, we may confidently believe that we and our posterity have escaped the calamities which a loss of the Constitution would have entailed. I, therefore, now commit to the indulgent consideration of the public, along with the text of my original work, the result of many years of faithful labor, in which I have traced the Constitutional history of the United States through the period when the later amendments were adopted and put in operation, and when our country had entered upon a

new era.

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