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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1850,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.
T H E F I R S T E DITION .
THE following collection was made at the suggestion of the respectable association by whom it is published.” It was at first intended that it should consist of the materials of which this volume is composed, together with a selection of speeches in Congress, and articles in the North American Review, by the same author. It was found, on examination, that the addresses now submitted to the public would, of themselves, form a volume of ordinary size, and sufficient variety of matter. The collection has, accordingly, been confined to them, reserving for a future occasion, if deemed expedient, the preparation of another volume, to comprehend the speeches, essays, and other miscellaneous compositions not contained in this.
The orations and speeches contained in this volume, with the exception of the address delivered before the Massachusetts Agricultural Society, were printed at the time of their delivery; but advantage has been taken
* American Stationers' Company. WOL, b (5)