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under the exclusive possession of a favored few or control of mere party politicians. In regard to the importance of this knowledge there is no difference between the sexes, for women have, if not more, as much interest in the well-being of families, promoted by good government, as men.

We possess excellent constitutional commentaries for students and professionists, but none, to our knowledge, which is calculated to promote an easy understanding of that what is called all over the world public or political business. Our book, certainly, is no novel, no flashy literary product, buto a novelty, as the reader, acquainted with this kind of literature, will find out. It spreads notions and light over that material upon

which the security and happiness of home and society everywhere are built. Such a book would not answer its purpose if it should not meet the favor of mothers and daughters as well as of fathers and sons.

We hope, therefore, not to be considered intruding, if we desire for it a place among the select books of

every

household. BROOKLYN, September, 1858.

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INDEX TO SUBJECTS.

PART I.

LETTERS ON THE FEDERAL CONSTITUTION...

PAGE 25
GENERAL WASHINGTON'S LETTER PRESENTING THE Constitution.136
A LETTER ON COMMITTEES.

138
A LETTER ON BUSINESS.

140
A LETTER ON ELECTION IMPULSES..

..158
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE....

..161
GENERAL WASHINGTON'S CIRCULAR LETTER....

.166
GENERAL WASHINGTON'S FAREWELL ORDERS.

170
GENERAL WASHINGTON's FAREWELL ADDRESS..

..173
THE PRINCE, BY MACCHIAVELLI.

..191

PART II.

LETTERS ON THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK...203
A LETTER ON THE JUDICIARY..

251
A LETTER ON PENAL COLONIES...

.289
A LETTER ON LARGE CITIES AND THE CONSTITUTION OF MARY-

LAND.....

.294

CONTENTS.

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