The Public Men of the Revolution

The Public Men of the Revolution

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ...it; and controls a policy pursued from their first settlement, by many of these states, and still believed of consequence to their posterity. And shall we refuse to the unhappy fugitives from distress that hospitality, which the savages of the wilderness extended to our fathers arriving in this land? Shall oppressed humanity find no asylum on this globe? The constitution, indeed, has wisely provided that, for admission to certain offices of important trust, a residence shall be required sufficient to develop character and design. But might not the general character and capabilities of a citizen be safely communicated to every one manifesting a bond fide purpose of embarking his life and fortunes permanently with us? With restrictions, perhaps, to guard against the fraudulent usurpation of our flag; an abuse which brings so much embarrassment and loss on the genuine citizen, and so much danger to the nation of being involved in war, that no endeavor should be spared to detect and suppress it." This is a genuine Jeffersonian paragraph. Is it to be most admired for its clearness in communicating the writer's thoughts; for its elegance of expression; for its sound policy; for its paternal care of the American flag; or for its wise precaution in keeping the nation from war, to protect aliens? Every benefit that Mr. Jefferson desired for aliens, they had, as the law was when this message was sent, except the right of voting and of holding real estate. Alienage is not a bar to purchasing, and holding, and alienating real estate; though it is to transmitting it to heirs. In some states, aliens may hold real property for all purposes for which a native citizen may hold it. Mr. Jefferson must have desired, therefore, principally to vest in them the...show more

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  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236589394
  • 9781236589392