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OF THE

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AND THE

ALLIDE LIBRARY

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CONSTITUTIONS OF GREAT BRITAIN
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,

IN SIX LECTURES.
By PPF. AIKEN, ADVOCATE.
"If circumspection and caution are a part of wisdom, when we work only upon
inanimate matter, surely they become a part of duty too, when the subject of our demo-
lition and construction is not brick and timber, but sentient beings, by the sudden
alteration of whose state, condition, and habits, multitudes may be rendered miserable."

BURKE,

renland

OF THE

UNIVERSITY

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LONGMAN AND CO.; HAMILTON, ADAMS, AND CO.
BRISTOL : STRONG.—EDINBURGH: BLACKWOOD AND SON -

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PREFACE.

THESE discourses were originally prepared for a literary association at Bristol, designed chiefly for the improvement of young men, by means of a select library, and lectures given by clergymen and gentlemen who take an interest in the institution. The author was afterwards invited to deliver them elsewhere; and to the numerous and most respectable audience, at whose request they are published, he has to apologize for the delay caused by his acceptance of an invitation from the principal inhabitants of Newport, in Monmouthshire, to repeat the course there, at the close of autumn. But he has thus been enabled to extend and illustrate it, by a reference to recent documents and very important events. Great Britain and America having been reunited in amicable bonds, every sincere patriot and philanthropist will desire that their concord may be perpetual, and will mingle his aspirations for the welfare of both countries. An Englishman, how careful soever, to derive his knowledge of the institutions of the United States, from

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