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THE

CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY

OF THE

UNITED STATES

BY
FRANCIS NEWTON THORPE

IN THREE VOLUMES

1765-1895

VOLUME THREE

1861-1895

CHICAGO
CALLAGHAN & COMPANY

COPYRIGHT, 1901

BY

CALLAGHAN & COMPANY
I hold that, in contemplation of universal law and of the Constitution, the Union of these states is perpetual. Perpetuity is implied, if not expressed, in the fundamental law of all pational governments. It is safe to assert that no government proper ever had a provision in its organic law for its own termination. Continue to execute all the express provisions of our National Constitution, and the Union will endure forever-it being impossible to destroy it except by some action not provided for in the instrument itself. Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address,

March 4, 1861.

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