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7397. REPUBLICANS, The Union and.—

Our lot has been cast by the favor of heaven
in a country and under circumstances highly
auspicious to our peace and prosperity, and
where no pretence can arise for the degrading


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and oppressive establishments of Europe. It
is our happiness that honorable distinctions
flow only from public approbation; and that
finds no object in titled dignitaries and
pageants. Let us then endeavor carefully to
guard this happy state of things, by keeping
a watchful eye over the disaffection of wealth
and ambition to the republican principles of
our Constitution, and by sacrificing all our
local and personal interests to the cultivation
of the Union, and maintenance of the
authority of the laws.—
R. to A. Penna. Democratic Republicans. Washington ed. viii, 163.
(1809)
See Union.