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Página 199 - administration, their property, and their " peace, and personal security, are to be endangered. " There has never been any reasonable cause for such " apprehension. Indeed the most ample evidence to " the contrary has all the while existed, and been open " to their inspection. It is found in nearly all the " public speeches of him who now addresses
Página 199 - late, of the rights of the States, and especially the " right of each State to order and control its own " domestic institutions according to its own judgment " exclusively, is essential to that balance of power
Página 200 - fabric depend; and we denounce the lawless " invasion, by armed force, of the soil of any State or " Territory, no matter under what pretext, as among the " gravest of crimes.'
Página 199 - do but quote from one of these speeches when I " declare that ' I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, " to interfere with the institution of slavery in the " States where it exists.' I believe I have no lawful " right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so. " Those who nominated and elected me did so with the " full knowledge that I had made this, and
Página 254 - Through the thick gloom of the present we see the " brightness of the future as the sun in heaven. We " shall make this a glorious and immortal day. When " we are in our graves our children will
Página 196 - They must revive the slave trade, with all its train of " atrocities. They must blow out the moral lights " around us, and extinguish that greatest torch of all, " which America presents to a benighted world, pointing " the way to their rights, their liberties, and their
Página 199 - form for my acceptance, and as a law to themselves " and to me, the clear and emphatic resolution which I " now read:—' Resolved, that the maintenance, invio
Página 196 - their work will be yet incomplete. They must " penetrate the human soul, and eradicate the light of " reason and the love of liberty. Then, and not till " then, when universal darkness and despair prevail, " can you perpetuate slavery, and repress all sympathies " and all humane and benevolent efforts among free " men, in behalf of the unhappy portion of our race
Página 7 - men were almost unknown. I have seen the armies of most European countries; and I have no hesitation in saying that, as far as the average raw material of the rank and file is concerned, the American army is the finest. The officers are, undoubtedly, the weak point of the system. They have not