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on the one hand, or servile humiliation on the other. Your own self-respect would forbid the latter, whilst the former might call down upon you the most painful and mortifying repulse. In all your addresses to him be brief, lucid and to the point. Do not, with a dogged pertinacity, travel over ground which others have gone over before you; and above all, do not deluge the court with principles, and cases, and authorities which no one has been known to deny for the last half a century! Act towards him on the fair and reasonable presumption that he has at least some tolerable knowledge of the law, and, therefore, it cannot be necessary to torture him with such frequent recurrence to the mere rudiments of the profession. Pass over all these. March directly up to the strong points of the case. Seize upon them-grapple with them-illustrate them by great principles—fortify them by authorities, and thus bear your client and his cause triumphantly through the court.
And now, gentlemen, I have concluded all that my leisure allowed me to prepare, and all indeed that it seemed to me the occasion demanded. I have only to add, yonder is the Temple! Her gates are wide open to receive you. A long line of great and good men have passed in before you. The light of their footsteps will guide you to her altars. These learned professors who have instructed you so carefully, this throng of admiring friends, and above all, your own high resolves, invite you to enter in and receive, as I hope each of you may do, her highest honors and her richest rewards.
Of Hon. A. V. Brown, delivered on the 15th October, 1815, on
his Instalment as Governor of Tennessee.
Gentlemen of the Senate
and House of Representatives : In presenting myself before you on the present occasion, I feel very deeply impressed by the solemnities which we have just witnessed. The transitions of power from one dynasty to another in the old world have rarely been effected without revolution and bloodshed. There, the triumph of the one party is too often the destruction of the other, leaving the great masses of the people but little benefited by the change of dominion. In our own free and happy form of government it is wholly different. Here, the great popular principle is recognized in its full force, “that all power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority and instituted for their peace, safety, and happiness.” It is a remarkable fact, that this was the first great truth uttered by the illustrious men who framed the Constitution of Tennessee. It seems to have been uppermost in their minds, and to have burst forth in advance of all their noble and patriotic sentiments.
It is under the influence of this cardinal principle that we have just witnessed the surrender of all the executive power and authority of the State by my distinguished predecessor; a surrender so peaceably and promptly made that it must constitute one of the highest eulogiums on our representative form of government. But in presenting myself before you and this large assembly, for the purpose of assuming the high office from which he has just retired, I must be permitted to express my deep and abiding gratitude to those by whom it has been bestowed. To a station so exalted and responsible I should never have aspired, but for the unanimous call of my fellowcitizens in convention assembled. Most earnestly did I desire the nomination of some other individual more able to vindicate and sustain the great principles involved in the recent election. Not that I then was or ever could be insensible to the high honor of presiding over such a noble and gallant State as Tennessee. She is the land of my youth, the home of my manhood. I have traversed her in all her borders; and I feel to-day a proud consciousness that I love her, not more for her physical grandeur, her lofty mountains, her deep majestic rivers, her wide luxuriant valleys, than for the moral excellence of her brave, and hardy, and industrious people. To preside over such a State, and to contribute any thing valuable to the prosperity of such a people, ought to kindle up the fires of a virtu. ous ambition in the bosom of any man living. But, gentlemen, whilst I freely admit the full influence of an emotion like this, I trust you will allow me to declare the most unfeigned distrust of my abilities to discharge the duties of the high office which I am about to assume. Fidelity and zeal in the discharge of those duties, and the most anxious and earnest desire to advance the welfare and happiness of every individual member of our beloved Commonwealth, without reference to the party to which he may belong, must be the only pledge which I can offer my countrymen for this distinguished mark of their preference and confidence.
The duties to which I allude are embraced in the comprehensive but solemn oath which you will presently cause to be administered, faithfully “to support the Constitution of this State and of the United States." In general terms, to support these, is to support all the high principles of rational liberty and representative government—the liberty of speech-the