chapter  I
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lNTRODUCTORY

INTRODUCTORY.3 intheotheranegativephilosophyransuitably throughcoolveins.Theyhadnotbeenmeant foryoke-fellows.

TherewaslessantagonisminCongress,however,thaninthecabinet;andinnoneofthe controversiesthatdidarisewasthereshownany seriousdispositiontoquarrelwiththeConstitutionitself;thecontentionwasastotheobediencetoberenderedtoitsprovisions.Noone threatenedtowithholdhisallegiance,though theresoonbegantobesomeexhibitionofadispositiontoconfineobediencetotheletterofthe newcommandments,andtodiscountenanceall attemptstodowhatwasnotplainlywrittenin thetablesofthelaw.Itwasrecognizedasno longerfashionabletosayaughtagainsttheprinciplesoftheConstitution;butallmencould notbeofonemind,andpoliticalpartiesbegan totakeforminantagonisticschoolsofconstitutionalconstruction.Therestraightwayarose tworivalsectsofpoliticalPharisees,eachprofessingamoreperfectconformityandaffecting greater"ceremonialcleanliness"thantheother. Theverymenwhohadresistedwithmightand maintheadoptionoftheConstitutionbecame, underthenewdivisionofparties,itschampions, assticklersforastrict,arigid,andliteralconstruction.