Speeches in Congress [1841-1852]

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J.P. Jewett, 1853 - Slavery - 511 pages

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Page 246 - Let it be remembered, finally, that it has ever been the pride and boast of America, that the rights for which she contended were the rights of human nature.
Page 248 - The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other.
Page 115 - The Constitution has made no provision for our holding foreign territory, still less for incorporating foreign nations into our Union.
Page 472 - Resolved, That this government is a government of limited powers, and that by the Constitution of the United States, Congress has no jurisdiction whatever over the institution of slavery in the several states of the confederacy.
Page 490 - That the Democratic party will resist all attempts at renewing in Congress, or out of it, the agitation of the slavery question, under whatever shape or color the attempt may be made.
Page 87 - Resolved: That a ship or a vessel on the high seas, in time of peace, engaged in a lawful voyage, is, according to the laws of nations, under the exclusive jurisdiction of the State to which her flag belongs ; as much so as if constituting a part of its own domain.
Page 87 - That the brig Enterprise, which was forced unavoidably by stress of weather into Port Hamilton, Bermuda Island, while on a lawful voyage on the high seas from one port of the Union to another, comes within the principles embraced in the foregoing resolutions; and that the seizure and detention of the negroes on board by the local authority of the island, was an act in violation of the laws of nations, and highly unjust to our own citizens to whom they belong.
Page 446 - I feel bound to call the attention of the House and of the country to its peculiar and extraordinary character.
Page 144 - When the measure of their tears shall be full, when their groans shall have involved heaven itself in darkness, doubtless, a God of justice will awaken to their distress, and by diffusing light...
Page 286 - The noble lord who moved the amendment, said, that we were in the dilemma of conquering, or abandoning America: if we are reduced to that, I am for abandoning America.

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