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[Adopted in 1826.] First: That the people in this state, in their several towns, shall, at theirannual election, and in such manner as the legislature shall direct, elect by ballot their justices of the peace; and the justices so elected in any town shall immediately thereafter meet together, and in presence of the supervisor and town clerk of the said town, be divided by lot into four classes, of one in each class, and be numbered one, two, three, and four; and the office of number one shall expire at the end of the first year, of number two at the end of the second year, of number three at the end of the third year, and of number four at the end of the fourth year, in order that one justice may thereafter be annually elected; and that so much of the seventh section of the fourth article of the constitution of this state as is inconsistent with this amendment, be abrogated.

SECOND: That so much of the first section of the second article of the constitution as prescribes the qualification of voters, other than persons of colour, be and the same is hereby abolished, and that the following be substituted in the place thereof:

Every male citizen of the age of twenty-one years, who shall have been an inhabitant of this state one year next preceding any election, and for the last six months a resident of the county where he may offer his vote, shall be entitled to vote in the town or ward where he actually reresides, and not elsewhere, for all officers that now are, or hereafter may be elective by the people.

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Of the Forum and other public buildings at Rome, Eustace

Description of Ætna, i

. Brydone 77 .



The Widow and her Son, . , . '. IRVING 82

The Blind Preacher, . . . . . WIRT 88


The Head Stone, . .



The Sultan and Mr. Howard, the Philanthropist,, Mrs. Inchbald 95

Cadmus and Hercules, .

Littleton 97

Lord Bacon and Shakspeare, . . Blackwood's Magazine 100



The nature of true Eloquence, i . . WEBSTER 104

The perfect Orator, .

Sheridan ib.

Panegyric on the Eloquence of Mr. Sheridan,

Burke 105

Extract from Mr. Pitt's Speech in Parliament, . . Pitt 106

Extract from Patrick Henry's Speech before a Convention of

Delegates, in Virginia, 1775,

Wirt. 107

Extract from an Eulogy on Jefferson and Adams, delivered in

Boston, 1826,


Extract from a Speech of Mr. Phillips, in Ireland, on a certain

occasion, .

. Phillips 114

Mr. Sheridan's Invective against Hastings, . Sheridan 115

Mr. Burke's description of Junius, . ..

Burke 117

Mr. Burke's Compliment to Mr. Fox, . . . do. 118

Extract of a Speech of Mr. Curran,

. Curran 119

Extract from a Eulogy on Jefferson and Adams, pronounced

at Washington, 1826, .

WIRT 125

Extract from an Address at the laying of the corner stone of the

Bunker Hill Monument,


Speech of Titus Quinctius to the Romans,


Extract from Judge Story's Continental Address, delivered at

Salem, 1828,

· · · STORY 132

Address to the American Youth

Hawes 135



The incidents of a Voyage across the Atlantic, . IRVING 139

Description of a Thunder Storm on the Highlands of the

Hudson, ..

.... . . . Do. 143

The happy effects of a virtuous sensibility. .

Blair 144

The importance of Order in the management of business, do. 146

The Funeral of Maria, ..


Mackenzie 147

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