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IS DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE;
SIGNED BY THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES, IN
DONE IN CONVENTION, BY THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT OF THE
OF AMERICA THE TWELFTH.
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,
SEPTEMBER 17, 1796.
THE encreasing interest which is felt in the Constitution of the United States, in consequence of the various constructions which have recently been given to some parts of it, and the discussions arising out of it, has induced the Publisher to prepare an edition of that admirable document in a cheap and convenient form. To this he has added the Declaration of Independence, which points out in clear and simple language the oppressions and evils experienced by our ancestors while subjected to the rule of the British Government, and suggests the reasons of many of the provisions in the Constitution of the United States. He has also embraced in this compilation, the Farewell Address of the beloved Hero and Statesman, WASHINGTON, to the people, in retiring from the Presidency; a document full of good sense, patriotism, and affectionate solicitude for the interests of our young and rising nation, containing an admirable commentary on our system of government, and warning the American citizen of many of the dangers with which our liberty might be threatened.
In arranging these three important state papers to gether, the Publisher has had in view the design of placing in the hands of our fellow-citizens a short and complete view of our republican system, in a form so cheap as to place it within the reach of every family, and thus enabling the old and the young, the farmer, the mechanic, and the laboring man, to examine for himself the great charter of his rights.