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r on, impatient to measure strength with the most dauntless champions of the new Constitution. In a series of leading editorials, addressed To the people of Kentucky, he gave the proposed Constitution a most thorough and searching analysis. To use one of his own expressions, he struck at it, root and branch; he raked it—hull, mast and rigging. These letters show conclusively that Mr. Marshall was as skilful in the use of the pen as he had proved himself to be in the use of the tongue. Edmund Burke once told a friend his idea of a truly fine sentence. It consists, said he, in a union of thought, feeling, and imagery of a striking truth, and a corresponding sentiment rendered doubly striking by the force and beauty of figurative language. Mr. Marshall seems to have had the same idea of a fine sentence. In his writings and speeches will be found sentences without number modelled upon this just conception. Indeed, all through life he paid the greatest attention to his literary styl