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Gentlemen of the Smiatc^
and Houhti of Repreaentatives*
I congratulate you on the happy change of cir¬ cumstances, which have t.^ken place, since the adjourn- liient of th • last General Assembly. Ic h;is pl^asod the Almighty Sovereign of the Universe to restore peace-, -.viib :,ll its blessings, to our bt loved couiUry*
Wl rrospcct and consider, that we wtre en-
gi}*cii li gK-hai clrd, in a war with or»e of the most powerful naiions on earth ; that the war was waged by that nation with the most vindiciivi fury ; that ccr- taia portions of the union, to say the least, were luke- v/ann in the prosecution of the war ; that our liberties and independence were menaced ; and, in a word, every thing dear to us jeopardiztd-—with what grati- tude should w'e offer the most sinccrs: thanks to Al- nnghty God, for the restoratioo of that h^ppy state of things which we now enjoy.
The brave men who dtftndtd the cotip.try in its perils and diflicultitis, who taught an invading foc% that freemen know how to defend their rights, have a claim to our ^rat; fa! ackntrwh dgments.
The good people of Ohio may retrospect with plea¬ sure/ They have throu;:;hout the struggle been fuith- ful to themselves and lo their country. They hrve with firklify dischargt-d their duly to the nation.
Blesst'd with p' ace, and already from the fruitful- ness ol our soil, with an al)U';d:incc of every thing cmI- culat<rd to m^ke life comfortable, let us not forgt.t the AirriTghty and B.^u-^tiful Giver of every good gilt. •
S-bct<rd by your f Ih»v/ ciiiz •r;8 for the most inrv- portant purp^s s, it oeloiigs to ynii, ger^tiemcD, to set an rxaiopKv (»f ;>iciy, :^.nd gratitude to (i/fl, and indus¬ try aifd mor>l rLCtitude 'v> the dischaigc ol the highly importaiit <luii'6 cr>mmilfrd to yoo* Yiiur example will havt th-^ mostfrduti^ry cff ct. Yr»u hay the most wi *.' '^nd rxrefidt^d ft Id, g<-nlkm^,n, for thc^ tx'trrisc of y ur t 1 ivts. Y ugovirn and direct, under Pro¬ vidence, the diistinies of a sovereign aiiJ iudcpcndent