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Excerpt from Nathaniel Macon: An AddressAbout us on every hand is peace. But the occasion, this place, these monuments speak of war - a war patriotic in its beginning, glorious in its conduct, far-reaching in its consequences, which ended theMoreExcerpt from Nathaniel Macon: An AddressAbout us on every hand is peace. But the occasion, this place, these monuments speak of war - a war patriotic in its beginning, glorious in its conduct, far-reaching in its consequences, which ended the sovereignty of the king and ushered in the sovereignty of the people and in which a loyal colony was transformed into the free State of North Carolina. The privations and dangers of war gave way to the cares and perplexities of civil life under new and untried conditions. The foundations of goverment had been well laid in constitutions for which existed no precedents of form or interpretation, but the details and policies of both State and National Governments were literally to be spelled out under circumstances demanding almost infinite patience and courage. It was inevitable that differences should result in opposing parties. Visions of empire, of wealth and position fixed the fancy of some on a government of power and dignity, which should be made great by the control and direction of the great and wealthy few. To these constitutions were but shackles that impeded the progress of brilliant policies and to be got rid of as far as possible, if not by repeal, then by a broadness o interpretation which should make all things possible.Others saw visions of manhood - self-governing, exalted and dignified.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.