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DELIVERED ANNUALLY IN COLUMBIA COLLEGE,
WILLIAM ALEXANDER DUER, LL.D.,
LATE PRESIDENT OF THAT INSTITUTION
"Est omnibus necessarium, nosse rempublicam."-Cic.
HARPER & BROTHERS, 82 CLIFF-S T.
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1843, by
HARPER & BROTHERS, In the Clerk's Office of the Southern District of New York,
JAMES KENT, LL.D.
MY DEAR SIR, Relying for forgiveness upon“ an uninterrupted possession" of your friendship“ of more than twenty years, under colour," at least, “ of title,” I venture, without your knowledge or consent, to inscribe to you a Treatise on the Constitutional Jurisprudence of the United States. In this act I do but make restitution of your own property, or, perhaps, to express myself more properly, tender payment for the use of it; for you will soon discover that, next to the contemporaneous expositions of the authors of “THE FEDERALIST,” I have drawn my materials more largely and freely from your “ COMMENTARIES” and the lucid and deep investigations of the late Chief-JUSTICE MarSHALL than from any other source. And although the responses of that great oracle of the Constitution have ceased, yet may we hope that the inspiration will not be withdrawn while your corresponding adjudications and opinions shall be quoted as authority in the court wherein he so long and auspiciously presided.