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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
WITH AN ALPHABETICAL ANALYSIS;
THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE;
THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION;
THE PROMINENT POLITICAL ACTS OF
ELECTORAL VOTES FOR ALL THE
PRESIDENTS AND VICE-PRESIDENTS;
THE HIGH AUTHORITIES AND CIVIL OFFICERS OF GOVERNMENT,
FROM MARCH 4, 1789, TO MARCH 3, 1847;
Chronological Narrative of the Several States;
AND OTHER INTERESTING MATTER;
WITH A DESCRIPTIVE ACCOUNT OF THE
STATE PAPERS, PUBLIC DOCUMENTS,
AND OTHER SOURCES OF
POLITICAL AND STATISTICAL INFORMATION
AT THE SEAT OF GOVERNMENT.
Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1850, by
in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
STEREOTYFED BY L. JOHNSON & Co.
PRINTED BY T. K. & F. G. COLLINS.
THE P PEOPLE,
Supreme Court of the Wnited States,
THIS FOURTH EDITION OF THE CONSTITUTION
IS DEDICATED BY
"The Constitution in its words is plain and intelligible, and it is meant for the homebred, unsophisticated understandings of our fellow-citizens."
"The people alone are the absolute owners and uncontrollable movers of such sovereignty as human beings can claim to exercise; subject to the eternal and unchangeable rules of justice, of truth, and of good Faith. The moral law is out of its reach; sovereignty cannot violate that, and be more justified than the humblest individual.”
"Yield away the Constitution and the Union, and where are we? Frittered into fragments, and not able to claim one portion of the past as peculiarly our own! Our Union is not merely a blessing; it is a political necessity. We cannot exist without it. I mean, that all of existence which is worth having must depart with it. Our liberties could not endure the incessant conflicts of civil and conterminous strife; our independence would be an unreal mockery, our very memories would turn to bitterness."
(Mr. Dallas in defence of the Constitution.)
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FREE OF POSTAGE, by persons having the privilege of franking public documents, is contained in “An act to establish certain post-routes, and for other purposes," approved 3d March, 1847, in the following
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In Senate of the United States.
Resolved, That the secretary be directed to procure for of the Senate two thousand copies of the authentic copy of the Constitution, with an analytical index, and compilation of other public documents, recently printed and placed in the hands of the members, provided the price shall not exceed the one dollar and twenty-five cents per copy.
Resolved, That ten thousand additional copies of the au copy of the Constitution, with an analytical index, etc., be procured for the use of the Senate, provided they will be furnished at a deduction of twenty per twenty per cent. on price above
Friday, April 14, 1848.
Resolved, That the secretary of the Senate purchase for of the Senate two thousand copies of the Constitution of the United States of America, with an alphabetical analysis, prepared and published by W. Hickey, provided the same can be purchased at a price per copy not exceeding that paid for ten thousand copies ordered to be purchased by a resolution of the Senate, adopted on the 18th day of February, 1847.
Thursday, April 27, 1848.
Resolved, That the secretary of the Senate be authorized and directed to purchase one hundred copies of Hickey's edition of the Constitution of the United States, and to deliver the