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From the Editor's Preface: “In preparing for the press a fourth edition of Mr. Justice Story’s Commentaries on the Constitution, it has been thought proper to preserve the original text without alteration or interpolation, and to put in notes all discussions by the editor, as well as all references to subsequent adjudications, public papers, and events, tending to illustrate, support, or qualify the positions assumed in the text. The new amendments, however, seemed to demand treatment in the body of the work, and additional chapters are given for that purpose….”

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"In Two Volumes ... Vol.I ... Fourth Edition, with Notes and Additions by Thomas M. Cooley."

Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States : with a Preliminary Review of the Constitutional History of the Colonies and States Before the Adoption of the Constitution