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lleghany mountains was a wilderness.
All that part of it which lies north of the Ohio river and east of the Mississippi, called the Northwest Territory, and out of which the States of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and a part of Minnesota have since been carved, belonged to Virginia.
She exercised dominion over it, and in her resided the rights of undisputed sovereignty.
These thirteen powers, which were then as independent of each other as France is of Spain, or Brazil is of Peru, or as any other nation can be of another, concluded to unite and form .a compact, called the Constitution, the main objects of which were to establish justice, secure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, and promote the general welfare.
To this end they established a vicarious government, and named it the United States.
This instrument had for its corner-stone the aforementioned inalienable rights.
With the assertion of these precious rights — which are so dear to the hea