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3405. GENERATIONS, Government and.—[further continued].

I willingly acquiesce in
the institutions of my country, perfect or imperfect;
and think it a duty to leave their
modifications to those who are to live under
them, and are to participate of the good or
evil they may produce. The present generation
has the same right of self-government which
the past one has exercised for itself.—
To John H. Pleasants. Washington ed. vii, 346. Ford ed., x, 303.
(M. 1824)