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you are enjoying. The period we live in, our country's position and youth, our abundance of land, our descent, and our freedom-all call upon us, and warn us..
If this work then aid, in ever so slight a degree, in the discharge of these high duties; if it help to show that the political and national Know Thyself is as important as the individual; if it impress more forcibly upon your minds the advice of Pliny: Habe ante oculos hanc esse terram quæ nobis miserit jura, and give it a meaning far wider than that which the Roman could give to it; if it prove an additional incentive to hold fast to our liberty and to cultivate it with fresh purity of purpose; if it increase our love of sterling action and disdain of self-praise; if it tend to confirm civil fortitude, that virtue which is acquired by the habit of at once obeying and insisting upon the laws of a free country, and shows itself most elevated when it resists alluring excitement; if, in some measure, it serve to restrain us from exaggeration and judging by plausibility-two faults that are rifer in our age than they have been almost at any other period; if it steady the reader against that enthusiasm which Wesley designates as " the looking to the end without the means ;*** if it
* General Minutes, appended to his edition of the Book of Common Prayer, for the American Methodists.
BY FRANCIS LIEBER, LL.D.,
C. M. FRENCH INSTITUTE, ETC. AUTHOR OF “ POLITICAL ETHICS;" “ PRINCIPLES OF LEGAL AND POLITICAL INTERPRETATION;" "ESSAYS ON LABOR AND PROPERTY;" “ ON CRIMINAL LAW;" “ REMINISCENCES OF NIEBUHR;" EDITOR OF “PENITENTIARY SYSTEM IN THE UNITED STATES
BY DE BEAUMONT AND DE TOCQUEVILLE,” ETC. ETC.
IN TWO VOLUMES.