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“Contemporanea expositio est optima et fortissima in lege.”—
NEW YORK :"
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1871, by
Electrotyped by SMITH & McDougal, 82 Beekman Street.
PREFAT0 RY NOTE,
MANY good reasons have induced me to believe that a fair consideration of the historical facts which have been compiled from various authentic sources, and embodied in the following Notes, will help, in no small degree—
First, To weaken the power of certain political errors, which, from the beginning of the Government of the United States to the present time, have constantly exercised a disturbing influence on the administration of the National Affairs. And,
Secondly, To promote the growth, and the perpetuity, of sound and harmonious opinions on important questions which relate to the Origin and Nature of the Government of the United States, to the Constitutional powers of Congress, and to the reserved Rights of the several States
of the Union. J. B. D.
NEW YORK, November, 1871.