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tion, referred to the States; and the State Legislatures severally referred it to their sovereign people, and thus it became the supreme law. The destination between the two characters of government proposed soon gave rise to two parties, the Nationalists and Federalists, during the session of the Convention. After the ratification of the Federal Constitution, the name Federalist became popular, and the Nationalists dropped their name and assumed that of Federalists, under the lead of Hamilton while their opponents, the original advocates of the Federal theory, called themselves. Republicans, a name afterwards assumed by the Black Republicans, who are in fact the avowed Nationalists of the present day. Mr. Jefferson always called himself a Republican, in its original acceptation, and Mr. Calhoun preferred it. The Republicans of old advocated State-rights, the Sovereignty of the People of the States, the limitation of the Federal Government to the specific grants of the Constitut