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TOGETHER WITH GENERAL PLANS OF A
AND A CONSTITUTION FOR A
CONFEDERATION OF STATES,
FOUNDED ON THE PRINCIPLE OF SELF-GOVERNMENT;
TWO EXTRACTS, ONE FROM THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF NORTH AMERICA. THE OTHER
FROM THAT OF THE STATE OF KENTUCKY.
TO WHICH IS ADDED
THE NEW CONSTITUTION OF
THE STATE OF NEW YORK,
EXAMINED ACCORDING TO THE PRINCIPLE OF SELF-GOVERNMENT.
“For he who values liberty, confines
BOSTON: PUBLISHED BY CROSBY & NICHOLS, 111 WASHINGTON STREET, AND OTIS CLAPP, 12 SCHOOL STREET.
TO THE READER.-
The idea of Self-government is one of those few great ideas, which lead mankind to personal and social perfection. We are endowed with reason, for the purpose of governing ourselves. This being the most difficult task which men have to perform, it will be only in a very remote time universally realised.
The following lines are written to show the practical working of this idea, and the consequences of losing sight of it. The idea of Self-government, is the main cause of all great social reforms and revolutions. We are indebted to it for all the good which we have derived from our Revolution. The perpetuity of this good depends alone upon a clear and general understanding of its influence on society. This understanding, nothing else, would promote.
THE AUTHOR. August, 1847.