A Course of Lectures on the Constitutional Jurisprudence of the United States: Delivered Annually in Columbia College, New York (Classic Reprint)

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IN submitting the following work to the public, there seems a necessity, as well as a propriety, in offering a preliminary explanation of its character and design; especially as he whose name it bears claims neither the merit of originality for his production, nor the title of author for himself. The present publication consists substantially of the Course of Lectures on the Consti tutional Jurisprudence of the United States, delivered annually to 'the Senior Class in Columbia College, while he had the honor of presiding in that venerable and noble institution. The outlines of those Lec tures were published some years ago, at the request of the american lyceum, an association consisting principally of persons engaged in the practical duties of mstruction, who conceived that the study of our na tional Constitution might be introduced wrth advents e into the general system of public education. That litt e treatise, accordingly, appeared in a form adapted to the views of those who had suggested its preparation; which were, fitness as a text-book for lecturers, a class book for academies and common schools, and a manual for popular use. Except, therefore, as to method and arrangement, as was observed in issuing it from the press, there could be little scope for originality in a. Work of which the essential value must depend on the fidelity with which the provisions of the Constitution.

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