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A period there has been, you will remember, fellow-citizens, in which the provinces were threatened with the sight of the nascent order and tranquillity subverted, under pretexts of the most injurious suspicious against the constituted authorities. It was that period which occasioned more trouble to my mind, than any other during my administration. I will cheerfully renounce my claims to the public gratitude, for the sleepless nights spent in watching over its safety, if it will appreciate the sacrifice I have made, the pain it has given to my heart, to have been compelled to adopt the rude and violent measures, which at that crisis saved the state from ruin. But the necessity and justice of my proceedings, and . the happy consequences which have attended them, leave me no room to repent.
Under the same circumstances my conduct shall be the same. I will extinguish all the natural feelings of my heart, sooner than consent to the repetition of scenes, which weaken our power, and sink our national glory to the lowest degradation.
Fellow-citizens, we owe our unhappy reverses and calamities to the depraving system of our ancient metropolis, which, in condemning us to the obscurity and opprobium of the most degraded destiny, has sown with thorns the path that conducts us toʻliberty. Tell that metropolis that even she may glory in your works! Already have you cleared all the rocks, escaped every danger, and conducted these provinces to the flourishing condition in which we now behold them. Let the enemies of your name contemplate with despair the energies of your virtues, and let the nations acknowledge that you already appertain to their illustrious rank. Let us felicitate ourselves on the blessing we have already obtained, and let us show to the world that we have learned to profit by the experience of our past misfortunes.
JUAN MARTIN DŲ PUEYRREDON
END OF VOL. II.