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ON NATIONAL CHARACTER AND POLICY,
WITH AS INQUIRY INTO
Accession as a Constitutional JRig&t,
THE CAUSES OF THE DISRUPTION.
FOUETH AND BEVISED EDITION.
RICHARD BENTLEY, NEW BURLINGTON STREET,
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[The right of Translation is reserved.} *
TO THE FOURTH EDITION.
The interest of the subject examined in the following pages, has caused a demand for second and third editions, before the war had thrown any new light upon the arguments. I have also been desirous to defer the task of revision, in order to benefit by those criticisms whose pungent but medicinal virtue might aid me, in endeavouring to render the work less unworthy of the reader.
Several critics have alleged that the evils of the Union, and their baneful effect on the national character, are depicted too darkly. This is by no means surprising. Whoever visits New York or Chicago, and beholds the wonderful progress of the country, the energy of its people, the splendour of its cities, the length of its railways, the profusion of its products—marvellous creations of so brief a history, and pointing to a