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Friends and fellow-citizens of the
7th Congressional District : At the earnest request cf experienced men of the Democratic party, I have consented to become a candidate to represent you iu the next Congress of the United States. In con nectjon with (his announcement, I deem it proper to make a few remarks explanatory of my views. My political views have been too well known to require a lengthened review of them oo the present occasion. At a very early pe expenditures, to prevent discontent, suffering and oppression, as it is iu promoting family and individual prosperity- Extravagance is the bane of republics. When once it takes hold ou our national councils, it is bard to predict where its voluptuous career will end. The signs with our infant republic are already portentous, and retrenchment is called for iu the civil, military, diplomatic, and other ex penses ol the government. Jf honored with riod of my life I became attached to Dernocint- jyour suffrages my attention shall be directed ic principles, bug iu mature! years my conn- j to this subject dence in them is undiminished. IS or have I lost a favorable opportunity of defending them to the best of my ability. I shall content my self by referring to one of these principles, at present, namely : the tight of instruction. I refer to this particularly, becauso so bitterly assailed by the opposition, and perhaps not properly appreciated or understood by many Republicans. I regard the doctrine as inse parable with republicanism. The people are the depository of power, aud the Representa tive i their agent, bound by their will and the constitution to promote the national welfare. In doing this, should a difference of opinion arise betweeu the Representative aud bis con stituents, the decision should be with the latter. A public servant that denies this position ar rogate to hfigggelf to know more, and have a larger interest YTstake, than tho thousands that elect him. lie places the creature above the creator, and sustains au assumption con trary to the genius of our institutions. In monarchist governments the King has the power and the ministers and people alike have to do his bidding. In republics the matter is reversed, the people are the sovereigns and the agent or representative consequently bound to abide their instructions. Economy is as necessary in government My only motive in appearing before vou is a desire to be useful to my country. The honor connected with the station depends on the conduct the representative is morally bound to qualify himself for usefulness in difference & selfishness are inexcusable, and will, sooner or later, meet its due reprobation. To serve my couutry faithfully. I shall consider my highest honor. To be instrumental in giv ing strength and permanency to our institu tion?, my iastiug reward. It 13 now confidently believed Geu. McKav will decline a re-election. He has held the post over twelve years, a part of the time rath er reluctantly, and J think he is too much of a Republican to continue longer. as i purpose meeting you at the approach ing Superior Courts, in the several counties composing the district, I close by soliciting your suffrage and influence, and with the pro mise ihat I will there embrace in my discussion a larger number of subjects, and define my views more minutely than I can in a paper of this kind. Very respectfully, your ob't serv't, JAMES I. BRYAN. IVilmingion Ftb. 17 1847.