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PUBLISHED FROM THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS DEPOSITED IN
THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1850, by
JOHN C. HAMILTON, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southernn
District of New-York.
Two modes of editing these Works presented themselves : one, the publication of them in chronological series, without distinction of subject or character; another, the publication of all the correspondence consecutively, according to date, and a similar but distinct disposition of the other writings. On reflection, I have preferred a third course: that of comprising in a separate volume the correspondence, and in another, the remaining writings, which precede the organization of the present Constitution of the United States. As that correspondence and those writings chiefly relate to that important epoch in our history, this seemed to be a natural point of division.
In the future volumes, a similar distribution will be observed, with this difference: the classification of the official papers according to their subjects and dates, to be followed by the residue of the correspondence, as in part arising out of, or explanatory of these papers. The publication to close with the writings not official.
J. C. H. New-YORK, Oct. 12, 1850.