Speeches in Congress [1841-1852]

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

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Page 115 - But I suppose they must then appeal to the nation for an additional article to the Constitution, approving and confirming an act which the nation had not previously authorized. 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 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 195 - No. I said in the days of the Mexican war: ' If I were a Mexican, as I am an American, I would welcome you with bloody hands to hospitable graves ' ; and Ohio to-day honors and loves me for that utterance beyond all her other sons.
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 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 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 273 - During a period of more than nine years which intervened between the adoption of her constitution and her annexation as one of the States of our Union Texas asserted and exercised many acts of sovereignty and jurisdiction over the territory and inhabitants west of the Nueces.
Page 269 - ... 63 men and officers were on the same day dispatched from the American camp up the Rio del Norte, on its left bank, to ascertain whether the Mexican troops had crossed or were preparing to cross the river, became engaged with a large body of these troops, and after a short affair, in which some 16 were killed and wounded, appear to have been surrounded and compelled to surrender.

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