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of a national University--or by any other expedients will be well worthy of a place in the deliberations of the Legislature.

Gentlemen of the House of Representatives

I saw with peculiar pleasure, at the close of the last Session, the resolution entered into by you expressive of your opinion, that an adequate provision for the support of the public credit is a matter of high importance to the national honor and prosperity. In this sentiment, I entirely concur. And to a perfect confidence in your best endeavors to devise such a provision, as will be truly consistent with the end, I add an equal reliance on the chearful co-operation of the other branch of the Legislature. It would be superfluous to specify inducements to a measure in which the Character and permanent interests of the United States are so obviously and so deeply concerned; and which has received so explicit a sanction from your declaration.

Gentlemen