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DESIGKED FOR THE USE OF THE HIGHER CLASSES IN COMMON SCHOOLS.

BY JOSEPH STORY, LL. D.

Dane Professor of Law in Harvard University.

"The unity of Government, which constitutes you one People, is also dear to you. It is

justly so; for it is the main pillar in the edifice of your real Independence; the sup-
port of your tranquillity at honie, and your peace abroad; of your safety; of your pros-
perity; of that very liberty which you so highly prize.'-Washington's Farewell Ad-
dress to the People of the United States.

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BOSTON:
HILLIARD, GRAY & COMPANY.

1834.

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Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1834, by

Joseph STORY, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of

Massachusetts.

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PREFACE.

The present work is designed to be read and studied by the higher classes in our Common Schools. It has been prepared in compliance with a suggestion made to me, that such a work was a desideratum in the common course of the education of American youth. The deserved success of the excellent Class Books of Mr. William Sullivan, which do so much honor to him as a statesman, a scholar, and a moralist, have encouraged me to hope, that the task thus performed, may not be without some public utility. If it shall tend to awaken in the bosoms of American youth a more warm and devoted attachment to the National Union, and a more deep and firm love of the National Constitution, it will afford me a very sincere gratification, and be an ample compensation for the time, which has necessarily been withdrawn from other pressing avocations, in order to complete it.

The plan is the same, which I have adopted in my larger Commentaries. But it became indispensable to write nearly all the work anew, so much was required to give simplicity, and clearness, and brevity to the explanations, that they

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