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THE present edition of the Federalist contains all the numbers of that work as revised by their authors; and it is the only one to which the remark will apply. Former editions, indeed, it is understood, had the advantage of a revisal from Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Jay, but the numbers written by Mr. Madison still remained in the state in which they originally issued from the press and contained many inaccuracies. The publisher of this volume has been so fortunate as to procure from Mr. Madison the copy of the work which that gentleman had preserved for himself, with corrections of the papers, of which he is the author, in his own hand. The publication of the Federalist, therefore, may be considered, in this instance, as perfect; and it is confidently presented to the public as a standard edition.
Some altercation has occasionally taken place concerning the authorship of certain numbers of the Federalist, a few of those now ascer
tained to have been written by Mr. Madison having been claimed for Mr.
Hamilton. It is difficult to perceive the propriety or utility of such an
pure and tranquil. Their political virtues are now manifest and almost
universally admitted. Time, which tests the truth of every thing, has
been just to their merits, and converted the reproaches of party-spirit
into expressions of gratitude for the usefulness of their labors. It is to -**