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By ALDEN BRADFORD, LL. D.
Editor of Massachusetts State Papers ? Author of History of Massachusetts ; of Remarks
on State Rights; an early Member of the Mass. Historical Society; and Hon.

Member of Historical Society of New York, Pennsylvania, and Georgia.

“ The unity of government, which constitutes you one people, is now dear to you. It is
justly so: for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your
tranquillity at home, of your peace abroad ; of your safety ; of your prosperity ; of that
very liberty which you so highly value."- Washington's Address.

." The State governments are an essential part of the federal system. Consolidation is an
effect which all good men would deprecate. Too much provision cannot be made against
consolidation. It would subvert the new Constitution. The State governments are the
safeguards of the federal Copstitution : they will protract the period of our liberties. They
will afford a shelter against the abuse of power ; and will be the natural avengers of our
violated rights."-Ames.

“ By enlarging the basis of our system, and increasing the number of States, the system
itself has been strengthened. Consolidation and disunion have thereby been rendered equally
impracticable. Each government, confiding in its own strength, has less to apprehend from
the other; and, in consequence, each enjoying a greater freedom of action, is rendered more
efficient for all the purposes for which it was instituted.” -Monroe.

BOSTON:
SAMUEL G. SIMPKINS.

FIRST OF JULY:

1810.

Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1840,

By ALDEN BRADFORD,
In the Clerk's office of the District Court of Massachusetts.

TORREY & BLAIR, Printers.

8429

TO

WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON,

OF CINCINNATI,

STATE OF OHIO :

SIR :—My limited personal intercourse with you would not fully justify me, perhaps, in the liberty I assume, by this public address to you; and by thus seeking, at least by implication, your patronage of a work intended for general circulation in all parts of the United States. And yet it has been my lot to witness your patriotic and honorable exertions, in the highest branch of the national councils, in favor as well of individuals, whose services, in the struggle for liberty and independence, so justly entitled them to the remuneration of the government, as of the welfare, honor, and prosperity of the nation. In the measure of a generous allowance to those worthy veterans, you took a conspicuous part, which neither they, nor their children, nor the country, can ever forget.

I perceive, in this act, your gratitude and sympathy towards those truly patriotic citizens; and, in your retirement, after a brilliant career in public life, to the duties and labors of a private station, your approbation of their exemplary conduct, "in laying down in peace, arms taken up in defence of the republic and its liberties.”

But my respect and admiration for your character are

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