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SELECTIONS FROM THE
EDITED, WITH AN INTRODUCTION
WILLIAM BENNETT MUNRO
PROFESSOR OF MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT
IN HARVARD UNIVERSITY
HAAVAA:) COLLEGE LOKAKY
DEC 5 1923
Too little use has been made of The Federalist as a means of affording instruction both in the foundations of American government and in the principles of English composition. In clearness both of thought and expression these letters of Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay are not surpassed in the whole range of American political literature. In order that some of them may be more conveniently used in the training of young men for clear-headed citizenship, this volume of selections has been arranged.
For several years the editor has been using The Federalist in his class-room. Students have made their approach to the study of federal government through its pages. On the whole the results have been very satisfactory, although some of the letters have proved much better than others as starting-points for class-room discussion. In determining what should go into the present volume and what should not, this experience has been the sole guide. It happens, however, that all the selections have come from among the first fifty of the original letters.
The text of The Federalist from which these selections have been taken is that of the first collected edition, published by McLean (New York, 1788). It differs only in some minor matters of form from the texts of the original letters printed in the newspapers of that year and the year before, and is said to have received the benefit of Madison's revision in preparation for the press. The importance of