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OF THE

ORDO SÉCLORU

THE
GOVERNMENT AND LAWS
UNITED STATES

COMPRISING,
A COMPLETE AND COMPREHENSIVE VIEW OF THE RISE
PROGRESS, AND PRESENT ORGANIZATION OF THE
STATE AND NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS.

MDCCLXXVI

CEPTIS

ANNUIT

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BY

PROF. WILLIAM B. WEDGWOOD, LL.D.

NEW YORK, 430 BROOME STREET:
J. W. SCHERMERHORN & Co., PUBLISHERS.

CHICAGO, 6 CUSTOM-HOUSE PLACE:
SPEAKMAN & PROOTOR.

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year one thonsand eight hundred

and sixty-six,

BY WILLIAM B. WEDGWOOD,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern

District of Scw York.

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8. BEMAN, Steam Printer,

113 Nassau St.

PREFACE.

A DESIRE to supply the demand of the masses of American citizens for a more thorough knowledge of our government and laws, which has been greatly increased by the late civil war through which we have passed, is the only apology offered for presenting this book to the public at this time. There is no knowledge more eagerly sought, or more difficult to be obtained. It is scattered through the ponderous volumes which fill our law libraries, costing thousands of dollars, which are entirely inaccessible to the masses. It is there given in such form as not easily to be found, and often in language not easily understood.

It has been the design of the author, during the many years of labor and research expended upon this work, to collect the most important facts re. lating to our government and laws, from the extensive libraries at his command; to present them in such language as to be readily understood, and in such order as to be easily remembered. It is pub

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