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PREFATORY NOTE.

THROUGHOUT the following pages, I have in general excluded from consideration such features of the existing situation, either with respect to our internal affairs, or our relations to the insurgents, as will exercise but an ephemeral influence upon the solution of the grand problem. But I have found it impossible always to avoid references to passing events, and conjectures respecting their results, the correctness or falsity of which a few months, perhaps weeks, will render manifest. It will therefore be necessary for the better understanding of sone portions of this work, that the reader should bear in mind that it was prepared for publication during the months of November, December, and January last.

M. H. T.

UTICA, N. Y., March 1, 1864.

CONTENTS.

INTRODUCTION.

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