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From the Chief Justice of Kentucky.
LEXINGTON, KY., July 20, 1855. I bear willing testimony to the general correctness of its expositions, and to the success of the author in presenting in convenient form an intelligible outline of the Federal Government, as it exists by the Constitution of the United States, and the laws made in pursuance of it. The work brings within reach of the great body of our citizens, a mass of information of the most important character; and being in fact, as it professes to be, a Text Book of the Constitution, its value as a book of study for the young, and of reference for their elders, throughout the general community, can scarcely be overestimated. Nothing but good can result from a diffused and universal knowledge of the principles and frame of operation of our governmental system. And I hope the "Constitutional Text Book" may meet with that favour, and take that place in the public esteem and use, which I sincerely believe it deserves.
T. A. MARSHALL.
From the President of Transylvania University, Kentucky.
TRANSYLVANIA UNIVERSITY, Sept. 20, 1855.
I have very carefully read "Sheppard's Constitutional Text Book," &c., designed for schools, academies, and colleges. It is, in my opinion, a very excellent and a very opportune publication, as it presents to the youth of our country a clear and comprehensive exposition of constitutional law at a time when it is peculiarly necessary they should be instructed in the science of their civil rights and obligations. It is of such form and compass as to be well adapted to instruction in the different grades of schools, and will doubtless find its way into many of those in which the most rational and useful course of education is sought to be given.
JAMES B. DODD.
From the Rev. D. R. Campbell, A.M., President of Georgetown College,
Aug. 31, 1855.
I have looked over it with care, and find it to be a carefully prepared and well-adapted book for the purposes for which it is intended. I deem it better in all respects than any of its predecessors with which I am acquainted. The subject it treats is one which every American youth should study and master. This book will greatly contribute to the advancement of the knowledge of coming generations on the Constitution of the nation. Mr. Sheppard and yourselves have each in your department done an important service to your country by the publication of this Text Book.
D. R. CAMPBELL.
From the Hon. Linn Boyd, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States.
PADUCAH, KY., Sept. 16, 1855.
I beg you to accept my thanks for a copy of "Sheppard's Constitutional Text Book," which I have read with much satisfaction. To every reflecting mind, the importance to our people of a general and accurate knowledge of the organic structure of our government must be most apparent. Of the various individual efforts which have been made, I know of none so well calculated to advance that great object as the excellent work referred to; and I take great pleasure in commending it to the public.
From the Hon. John McLean, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
CINCINNATI, O., August 16, 1855.
I have looked through "Sheppard's Constitutional Text Book," and am much pleased with it. It is designed for the use of "Schools, Academies, and Colleges;" and no book within my knowledge can impart so much political information as this does in so condensed a form. It contains a short account of the discovery and settlement of North America, the colonies that were formed, the articles of confederation and the adoption of the Constitution, with the powers of the Federal and State Governments, showing the checks and balances of our admirable political system.
If this little book shall be thoroughly studied and understood, in all our educational institutions, our young men from school will better comprehend the nature and extent of the Federal and State Governments, than many of our politicians who have become gray in the public service.
From Milo G. Williams, President of Urbana University, Ohio.
I have given the work, "Sheppard's Constitutional Text Book," which you sent me, a careful examination. I consider it a work of very high merit; its arrangement, and the method of treating the subjects, are well fitted to make the right impression on all who study it. It is truly a misfortune that, in our country, where "the people govern," the people know so little concerning the basis of the government, and the rights, privileges, and duties of the citizens. If our fundamental laws were more generally studied, the people would know better how to be governed, and ignorance and presumption would have less influence in the execution of the laws.
Sheppard's Text Book will be used in the University.
M. G. WILLIAMS.
From the Rev. Charles G. Finney, President of Oberlin College, Ohio.
Sept. 13, 1855.
I have perused "Sheppard's Constitutional Text Book," which you kindly sent me, and can cheerfully commend it to the attention of the American people. It presents, in a condensed and perspicuous form, a mass of information highly important to the American student and to all our people. I most earnestly hope that this work may have the general patronage of the public, and especially of our colleges and seminaries of learning.
C. G. FINNEY.
From the Governor of Illinois.
JOLIET, ILL., August 7, 1855.
The author is entitled to great credit for the production of a work so much needed by the public, and so well adapted as a text-book in our schools and institutions of learning. The methodical arrangement adopted by the author, its brevity and comprehensiveness, make it a valuable addition as an elementary treatise on our Constitution and federal system. To the early student in the science of government is it particularly valuable, as it will give him a clear and comprehensive understanding of our republican system and all its co-ordinate branches. I trust the work will meet with a cordial reception by the public, be introduced into our schools and institutions of learning, and be read and understood by all. Any system of government to be successfully administered, so as to be productive of the greatest good to the greatest number, should be carefully studied and its principles understood by those who claim its protection. I hope that the laudable undertaking of the author may meet with merited success. J. A. MATTISON.
From Thomas E. Thomas, D.D., President of Hanover College, Indiana. NEW ALBANY, IND., Sept. 9, 1855.
Having examined the "Constitutional Text Book," &c., by Furman Sheppard, I find it a very clear, comprehensive, and excellent exposition of the Constitution of the United States, as well as of the practical working of our government. Its historical statements are brief but satisfactory, its selection of illustrative papers judicious, and its comparative view of the several State Constitutions very convenient and valuable. The volume is well adapted to use in high schools and colleges, and is worthy a place in the library of every American citizen.
THOS. E. THOMAS.
From the Rt. Rev. Bishop Upfold, D. D., of Indiana.
LAFAYETTE, IND., July 23, 1855.
I think it admirably adapted to the purpose for which it is designed-the use of pupils in common schools, academies, and colleges.
From the Attorney General of Missouri.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., July 30, 1855.
I have examined "Sheppard's Constitutional Text Book," and have no hesitation in saying it is an excellent compilation of constitutional law, ably compressed into a small compass, fitted for general use, and more especially for the use of schools, academies, and colleges. It is well adapted to elementary instruction, and if used as an academical text-book will readily impart to American youth a practical and familiar exposition of the Federal Constitution. JAMES B. GARDENHIRE.
From the Rev. James Shannon, A.M., President of the University of the State of Missouri.
Aug. 29, 1855.
I have examined "Sheppard's Constitutional Text Book," and can say, conscientiously, that I regard it better adapted to the purpose which the name indicates, than any other work of the kind that has hitherto fallen under my observation. I expect to introduce it into my classes.
From Professor Fastre, of St. Louis University.
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 5, 1855.
I have, upon a careful examination of the "Constitutional Text Book," found the same a thorough and practical work, exceedingly well adapted to the object for which it is intended.
The Faculty of the St. Louis University have resolved to adopt it as a textbook in their classes. J. A. FASTRE.
From Senator Cass.
DETROIT, Mich., July 14, 1855.
The plan is an excellent one, and it is executed with care and fidelity. As a book of reference; it will be found valuable, and calculated, as it is, to disseminate just views of the Constitution and of the application of the laws under it. I wish it success.
From the Governor of Wisconsin.
MADISON, WIS., August 4, 1855.
The public are under lasting obligations to Mr. Sheppard, for the very careful and accurate manner in which he has compiled the "Text Book ;" and its importance cannot well be over-estimated for the use for which it was designed. It will fill a vacuum existing heretofore in the system of education pursued in our schools and academies, which it is of great consequence to have supplied. WILLIAM A. BARSTOW.
From the Governor of Iowa.
BURLINGTON, Iowa, August 4, 1855.
I have no hesitation in recommending it in preference to some works in use in the same general subject, and of a more pretentious character.
JAS. W. GRIMES.
From the Hon. Paul K. Hubbs, Superintendent of Public Instruction of
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION,
BENICIA, CAL., 9th September, 1855. The publication of "Sheppard's Constitutional Text-Book," designed and admirably arranged for schools, marks an era in our system of common-school education.
When the young lad reads in a newspaper-and all do so-of the action of our courts, legislature, congress, Federal and State Governments, and of our diplomatic intercourse with foreign nations, his active young mind is oftentimes intensely excited, while his judgment is unable to comprehend the truth or to correct what are sometimes very gross errors. Thus opinions and false views of public policy become engrafted upon the youth and abide with his older years. This publication is the first I have seen capable of counteracting the false, and directing with knowledge the early impressions of the future sovereigns of our country.
It should occupy a place in every school library, and be used by the first class of every grammar school, and certainly in every high school of our land. PAUL K. HUBBS.