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I beseech you, sir, to reflect on the delicate situation of our Constitu- tion. It is but the child of yesterday. Let us not expose it to attacks which its immatured powers may not be able to repel. But young as the Constitution is, it hath wrought miracles. It hath made happy, men from all quarters of the world. Its youth and its merits jointly urge it upon us to touch it with a delicate hand. To preserve it with sacred solicitude is unquestionably the duty of every man who values liberty and property. - in ,, e For my own part, sir, I never cast my eyes over my country; I never contemplate our beautiful political fabric, but I become animated by the prospect, and triumph in the advantages I possess in common with all my fellow-citizens, and a degree of transport is mingled with my emotions when I consider that my lot is cast in one of the happiest spots, and under one of the best Constitutions in the whole world. JOHN BRECKINRIDGE. JANUARY 31, 1798. I had no thought, my countrymen, of being called before you again after so long an interval; and it is, if possible, still less likely that I shall ever again take part in one of your popular assemblies. If God had so willed, it had been my happiness to have lived and labored amongst you, to have mingled my dust with yours, and to have cast the lot of my children in the same heritage with yours. Wherever I live or wherever I die, I shall live and die a true Kentuckian. With me the first of all appellations is Christian, after that Gentleman, and then Kentuckian ROBERT J. BRECKINRIDGE. The whole earth may rejoice that one of her continents abides in free- dom mightier than ever ; and the inhabitants of the earth wvho sigh for deliverance may exult as they turn their longing eyes towards the invincible land where the free dwell and are safe. We, as our delivered country starts in her new career, wiser, freer. more powerful than before; we, fearing God and fearing nothing else, must consecrate ourselves afresh to our higher destiny. Peace, and not force, is the true instrument of our mission in the world; instruction, not oppression; example, not violence and conquest, our way to bless the human race. But force and violence and conquest are words which the nations must not utter to us any more; are things which they must learn to use at all with great moderation; and wrongfully no more at all in the track where our duties make us respon- sible for conniving at their crimes. We must accept our destiny in all its fullness; and run our great career with perfect rectitude and majestic strength.