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tail of the prominent political events and movements of parties during each period.

In the preparation of the memoirs of the presidents, and the history of their administrations, we have consulted the most authentic writers on American history, as will appear by our quotations from their works ; 10 which we here desire to express our acknowledgments. In this portion of our labors, we have endeavored to perform the part of a faithful and candid historian, whose office it is to relate events, and explain causes, without favor or prejudice. We feel the utmost confidence that intelligent and impartial readers will duly appreciate this task.

The Constitution of the United States, the Articles of Confederation, and the Declaration of Independence, must always form a portion of the text-book of the American statesman ; and, indeed, of every citizen who understands his duties to the republic. These documents are, therefore, added to this collection, accompanied with notes, and an historical sketch of the political events which led to the adoption of these Magna-Chartas of our liberties. In the appendix will be found a variety of useful statistical information, so arranged as to be convenient for reference.

The American who loves his country, will examine with pleasure, as well as patriotic pride, the political history unfolded in the following voluminous pages of documents, biography, and narrative. He will behold the republic founded and established by the valor and wisdom of his ancestors, in the different stages of her progress—from the dawn of her existence as an independent power, through the blessing of Providence, overcoming every difficulty and danger-advancing in population, wealth, and territory, until she has acquired the first rank, in physical and moral ability, among the nations of the earth.

NEW YORK, January, 1846.

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF JOHN ADAMS..

Inaugural Address, March 4, 1797...

Address, Special Session, May 16, 1797.

First Annual Address, November 23, 1797.

Special Message, February 5, 1798.

Special Message, March 19, 1798..

Second Annual Address, December 8, 1798.

Third Annual Address, December 3, 1799.

Special Message, December 23, 1799.

Special Message, January 8, 1800..

Fourth Annual Address, November 22, 1800..

ADMINISTRATION OF JOHN ADAMS

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF THOMAS JEFFERSON..

Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801...

First Annual Message, December 8, 1801..

Second Annual Message, December 15, 1802.

Special Message, January 28, 1802..

Special Message, February 24, 1803..

Third Annual Message, October 17, 1803.

Special Message, October 21, 1803..

Special Message, November 4, 1803.

Special Message, November 25, 1803.

Special Message, December 5, 1803.

Special Message, January 16, 1804..

Special Message, March 20, 1804...

Fourth Annual Message, November 8, 1801..

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF JAMES MONROE.

Inaugural Address, March 5, 1817....

First Annual Message, December 2, 1817.

Second Annual Message, November 17, 1818.

Third Annual Message, December 7, 1819.

Fourth Annual Message, November 14, 1820.

Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1821..

Fifth Annual Message, December 3, 1821..

Sixth Annual Message, December 3, 1822.

Seventh Annual Message, December 2, 1823

Special Message, February 24, 1824...

Eighth Annual Message, December 7, 1824.

Special Message, January 13, 1818..

Special Message, December 17, 1819.

Special Message, February 25, 1822.

Special Message, March 8, 1822.

Special Message, March 26, 1822.

Cumberland Road Message, May 4, 1822.

Special Message, May 4, 1822.

Special Message, January 5, 1825..

Special Message, January 10, 1825

Special Message, January 27, 1825.

Special Message, February 14, 1825

Special Message, February 17, 1825.

Special Message, February 21, 1825..

Special Message, February 26, 1825.

ADMINISTRATION OF MONROE...

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF JOHN QUINCY ADAMS..

Inaugural Address, March 4, 1825...

First Annual Message, December 6, 1825.

Second Annual Message, December 9, 1826.....

Third Annual Message, December 8, 1827....

Fourth Annual Message, December 2, 1828.

Special Message, February 16, 1826.

Special Message, March 15, 1826.

Special Message, March 30, 1826.

Special Message, February 5, 1827.

Proclamation, March 17, 1827.

Special Message, March 4, 1828.

Special Message, April 17, 1828.

Special Message, April 30, 1828.

Special Message, March 3, 1829.

ADMINISTRATION OF JOHN Quincy Adams.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF ANDREW JACKSON..

Inaugural Address, March 4, 1829.....

First Annual Message, December 8, 1829.

Special Message, January 5, 1830..

Special Message, January 26, 1830..

Special Message, May 30, 1830.

Maysville Road Veto Message, May 27, 1830.

Special Message, May 26, 1830.

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