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6 The Constitution in its words is plain and intelligible, and it is meant for the homebred, unsophisticated understandings of our fellow-citizens."

“The people alone are the absolute owners and uncontrollable movers of such sovereignty as human beings can claim to exercise; subject to the eternal and unchangeable rules of justice, of truth, and of good Faith. The moral law is out of its reach; sovereignty cannot violate that, and be more justified than the humblest individual.

“Yield away the Constitution and the Union, and where are we? Frittered into fragments, and not able to claim one portion of the past as peculiarly our own!

Our Union is not merely a blessing; it is a political necessity. We can. not exist without it. I mean, that all of existence which is worth having must depart with it. Our liberties could not endure the incessant conflicts of civil and conterminous strife; our independence would be an unreal mockery, our very memories would turn to bitterness."

(Mr. Dallas in defence of the Constitution.)

Tuc provision under which This BOOK MAY BE TRANSMITTED BY MAIL

FREE OF POSTAGE, by persons having the privilege of franking public documents, is contained in “ An act to establish certain post-routes, and for other purposes," approved 3d March, 1847, in the following words:

"Such publications or books as have been or may be pub

lished, procured, or purchased by order of either House of Congress, or a joint resolution of the two Houses, shall be considered as public documents, and entitled to be franked as such."

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In Senate of the United States.

Thwisday, February 18, 1847. Resolved, That the secretary be directed to procure for of the Senate two thousand copies of the authentic

copy of the Constitution, with au analytical index, and compilation of other public documents, recently printed and placed in the hands of the members, provided the price shall not exceed the sun of one dollar and twenty-five cents per cofuj.

Resolved, That ten thousand additional copies of the aw. thentic copy of the Constitution, with an analytical index, etc., be procured for the use of the Senate, provided they will be furnished at a deduction of twenty per ecut. on the Mice ,



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Friday, April 14, 1848.
Resolved, That the secretary of the Senate purchase for

of the Senate two thousand copies of the Constitution of the United States of flomerica, with an alphabetical analysis

, prepared and published by W. GEickey, provided the can be purchased at a price per cory not exceeding that paid for ten thousand copies ordered to be purchased by a resolution of the Senate, adopted on the 18th day of February, 1847.

Thursday, April 27, 1818. Resolved, That the secretary of the Senate be authorized and dirccted to purchase one hundred copies of YСickey's edition of the Constitution of the United States, and to deliver the

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