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REJECTED ESSAY S.
FOR THE ADJUSTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL DISPUTES, AND FOR THE
RESORT TO ARMS.
COMPRISING THE SUBSTANCE OF THE
PUBLISHED BY WHIPPLE & DAMRELL,
FOR THE AMERICAN PEACE 9OCIETY.
A CONGRESS OF Nations has been a favorite plan with the American Peace Society, ever since its first organization at New York, in 1828. At the first annual meeting, a premium of thirty dollars was offered for the best Essay on the subject of a Congress of Nations, which was subsequently raised to fifty dollars, but without any adequate result; for, although four or five Essays were presented, one only was thought to have any merit; and that had but little; but it was published by the Society, and pretty extensively circulated and read.
As these low offers of the Peace Society did not produce the desired effect, two gentlemen of New York, in the year 1831, offered, through the periodical of the Society, but without taking any vote of the board of directors, five hundred dollars for the best Essay on a Congress of Nations, and one hundred for the second best; and the Hon. Joseph Story, Wm. Wirt and John M'Lean were appointed as the committee to award the premium. About forty Essays were handed in for this prize. The