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The first copper Cent. --Speaking of the first copper cent come after the adoption of the Constitution, Mr. Prime relates the following anecdote: "The first cent was come in 1793, when Alexander. Hamilton was Secretary of the Treasury. It did not give universal satisfaction, and the following criticism appeared in the Argus — a Boston paper — of March 26, 1793. 'The chain on the reverse is a bad omen for liberty, and Liberty herself seems to be in a fright. May she not justly cry out, in the words of the Apostle — Alexander, the coppersmith, has done me much harm; the Lord reward him according to his work