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SEVENTEEN years have sped their hasty round since the crisis of the great political controversy in Rhode Island, and we have reason to hope that the stormy passions which that occasion generated have in a great measure subsided. Many of the principal actors in those trying scenes have since passed away; the boy who then lay in his cradle has now become a man, and almost an entire new generation has come upon the stage. We have no desire unnecessarily to stir up again the smouldering fires, or to rekindle that angry spirit which raged with so much fury in that eventful period; but it is hoped now, when time has so far quieted the passions and mellowed the feelings, when a

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