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pproves of the President's Message in that part relating to the conscription, says, in substance, that we have already men enough — that large armies are unwieldily, and therefore not apt to render so much service as small ones — that as a proof, Xerxes failed in Greece, and Napoleon in Russia. The general inference is, that we shall do better with a small army than with a large one. The philosopher who maintained that a half was greater than the whole, is not, it seems, without disciples. Xerxes failed with a great army, and Napoleon failed with a great army. Innumerable small armies were destroyed during the twenty-two centuries that elapsed between the death of the one and the birth of the other. Why the fate of these last should have been wholly overlooked in the construction of a general rule deduced from example of military failure, we are at a loss to imagine. But before we give our assent to the startling proposition that the larger the army the more certain the failu