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EXPOSITION OF THE CONSTITUTION
A BRIEF COMMENTARY
ON EVERY CLAUSE, EXPLAINING THE TRUE NATURE, REASONS, AND OBJECT
AND GENERAL READERS.
CONTAINING IMPORTANT PUBLIC DOCUMENTS, ILLUSTRATIVE OF
BY JOSEPH STORY, LL. D.
DANE PROFESSOR OF LAW IN HARVARD UNIVERSITY:
" This Government, the offspring of our own choice, uninfluenced and unawed,
and respect.” - President Washington's Farewell Address to lhr
HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS,
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1840 by
MARSH, CAPEN, LYON, AND WEBB,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.
COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS,
DESIGNED TO AID
THE CAUSE OF EDUCATION,
TO PROMOTE AND ENCOURAGE THE STUDY
CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES,
IS RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED,
WHO GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES, THAT HER
THE LAND OF HIS BIRTH,
• AND THE
HOME OF HIS CHOICE,
rambridge, January 1, 1840.
The present Work is designed, not only for private reading, but as a text book for the highest classes in our Common Schools and Academies. It is also adapted to the use of those, who are more advanced, and have left school, after having passed through the commor branches of education. It may also be studied with ad vantage by those, who have arrived at maturer years, but whose pursuits have not allowed them leisure to acquire a thorough knowledge of the Republican Constitution of Government, under which they live. Some of the subjects, which are here treated of, may seem remote from those topics, which ordinarily engage the attention of our youth, and some of them may seem to be of such an abstract political nature, that the full value of them can scarcely be felt, except by persons, who have had some experience of the duties and difficulties of social life. But, I think, that it will be found, upon closer examination, that an objection of this sort can properly apply to very few passages in the Work; and that even those, which fall within the scope of the objection, will furnish sources of reflection, and means of knowledge, which will essentially aid the student in his future progress, and place him, as it were, upon the vantage ground, to master the leading principles of politics, and public policy. The Work has been framed upon the basis of my larger