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Says the Federal Republican. ‘One step more and the union of these States is severed’

All this was a matter of general notoriety at the time.

Thomas Jefferson writes to Elbridge Gerry, of Massachusetts: ‘What, then, does this English faction with you mean? They count on British aid. They would separate from their friends, who alone furnish employments for their navigation, to unite with their only rival for that employment.’

A great deal of mouthy patriotism for the Union has emanated from New England for many years past, and their genuine enthusiasm for ‘The Old Flag and an Appropriation’ has never been doubted; but how can they explain away the fact that they were on the point of betraying their country and deserting to the enemy in 814?

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