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Dr. H. von HOLST,
PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FREIBURG.
TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN
BY JOHN J. LALOR, A. M.
JACKSON'S ADMINISTRATION - ANNEXATION OF TEXAS.
Entered according to Act of Congress in the year eighteen hundred and seventy-oute
BY CALLAGHAN & Co.,
DAVID ATWOOD, PRINTER AND STEREOTYPER, MADISON, WIB.
THE title of the first volume of the German edition of this work is Verfassung und Democratie der Vereinigten Stac ten von Amerika. Believing that the literal translation of that title would not convey to the American reader as correct an idea of the contents of the distinguished author's book as: “The Constitutional and Political History of the United States," the translators of the first voluine agreed to call the work in English by the latter name. This was done without any previous consultation with the author himself. Professor v. Holst, however, has given this second volume the title — which is to be preserved in those that are yet to come — Verfassungsgeschichte der Vereinigten Staaten seit der Administration Jacksons- or“ The Constitutional His tory of the United States from the Administration of Jackson.” It is due to Professor v. Holst and the public to say that the author himself is of opinion that the title chosen by the translators for the first volume raises a claim which that volume does not entirely support. This second volume fulfills the promise of the translators' title, and hence the reader will find the scope of this second volume somewhat different from that of the first.
Those acquainted with the German edition will notice that the Einleitung (Introduction) to the second volume is
not here translated. The reason of its omission is that it was intended by the author only for the German edition.
I desire to acknowledge my indebtedness to the kindly criticism of Professor William F. Allen, of the University of Wisconsin, General James M. Lynch, of Milwaukee, and Alfred B. Mason, counsellor at law of Chicago, my collaborator in the translation of the first volume, whose withdrawal from the continuation of the task has not diminished his interest in a work, the great merits of which he was one of the first to recognize.
JOHN J. LALOR
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