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THE DUTY

OF

AMERICAN WOMEN

TO THEIR

CO U N T R Y.

NEW-YORK:

HARPER & BROTHER 8, 8% OLIFF-ST.

ASTOR, LENOX ANO
LAS FOUNDATIONS.

1499

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1845, by

HARPER & BROTHERS, In the Clerk's Office of the Southern District of New York.

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My countrywomen, you often hear it said that intelligence and virtue are indispensable to the safety of a democratic government like ours, where the people hold all the power. You hear it said, too, that our country is in great peril from the want of this intelligence and virtue. But these words make a faint impression, and it is the object of what follows to convey these truths more vividly to your minds.

This will be attempted, by presenting some recent events, in a country where a government similar to our own was undertaken, by a people destitute of that intelligence and virtue so indispensable; and then it will be shown that similar dangers are impending over our own country. The grand point to be illustrated is, that a people without education have not intelligence enough to know what measures will secure safety and prosperity, nor virtue enough to pursue even what they know

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