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cesses which it threatens during the state of Civil Commotion
The Object of the Work-The Propositions which it aims to estab
lish-The Spirit in which the Author will endeavor to discuss them—The propriety and importance of such a Discussion at the present time-Practical Questions alone to be considered.
In one of the earliest of the diplomatic dispatches of the Secretary of State, the instructions to Mr. Dayton, dated April twenty-second, eighteen hundred and sixty-one, will be found this passage:
“ The American people, notwithstanding any temporary disturbance of their equanimity, are yet a sagacious and practical people, and less experience of evils than any other nation would require, will bring them back to their customary and habitual exercise of reason and reflection, and through that process, to the settlement of the controversy without further devastation and demoralization, by needless continuance in civil war."
It is supposed, less from the context of the dispatch, than from the Secretary's well-known skepticism at that time, respecting the possibility of the