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" By no act or direction of mine, official or private, could I be induced to aid, knowingly, in giving circulation to papers of this description, directly or indirectly. We owe an obligation to the laws, but a higher one to the communities in which we live... "
The Enemies of the Constitution Discovered: Or, An Inquiry Into the Origin ... - Page 14
by William Thomas - 1835 - 183 pages
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The American Nation: A History from Original Sources, Volume 16

Albert Bushnell Hart - Abolitionists - 1906 - 410 pages
...declined to issue any official order to exclude matter duly mailed, but added the significant hint: "We owe an obligation to the laws, but a higher one to the communities in which we live." With this statement, which bears a singular kinship to the "higher law" principle of the abolitionists,...
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History of the United States of America

Henry William Elson - United States - 1906 - 1022 pages
...situated as you are, I would do as you have done." To the postmaster at Charleston he wrote, " We owe au obligation to the laws, but a higher one to the communities in which we live." HARRISON'S BRIEF TENURE 513 the South lost the aid of the government in its first battle with the Abolitionists....
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Andrew Jackson

William Graham Sumner - United States - 1910 - 532 pages
...were concerned. He, however, threw the postmaster on his own discretion, and then said for himself : " By no act or direction of mine, official or private,...papers of this description, directly or indirectly " (ie, papers alleged by the postmaster to be " the most inflammatory and incendiary, and insurrectionary...
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The Anti-slavery Crusade: A Chronicle of the Gathering Storm, Volume 28

Jesse Macy - Antislavery movements - 1919 - 270 pages
...to issue such an order. Yet he would not recommend the delivery of such papers. "We owe," said he, "an obligation to the laws, but a higher one to the...communities in which we live, and if the former be peWerted to destroy the latter, it is patriotism to disregard them. Entertaining these views, I cannot...
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The Journal of Negro History, Volume 13

Carter Godwin Woodson, Rayford Whittingham Logan - African Americans - 1928 - 636 pages
...was founded and concludes by setting in motion that dangerous doctrine, "The Higher Law." He said: We owe an obligation to the laws but a higher one...communities in which we live and if the former be prevented to destroy the latter, it is patriotism to disregard them. Entertaining these views I cannot...
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The Journal of Negro History, Volume 13

Carter Godwin Woodson, Rayford Whittingham Logan - African Americans - 1928 - 632 pages
...was founded and concludes by setting in motion that dangerous doctrine, "The Higher Law." He said: We owe an obligation to the laws but a higher one...communities in which we live and if the former be prevented to destroy the latter, it is patriotism to disregard them. Entertaining these views I cannot...
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Littell's Living Age, Volume 86

Literature - 1865 - 696 pages
...pecuniary value of Jackson's Post-Master General accepting euch action in the following words : — " By no act or direction of mine, official or private,...communities in which we live ; and, if the former be the latter, it is patriotism slaves, and of political power, ensued upon the opening of new territory...
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The American Conflict: A History of the Great Rebellion in the ..., Volume 1

Horace Greeley - Slavery - 1864 - 696 pages
...supposed." uBat I am not prepared to direct yon to forward or deliver the papers of which you •peaJL" " By no act or direction of mine, official or private,...papers of this description, directly or indirectly. owe an obligation to the latct, but a ker one to the communities in which we ; and, if the Jonaer be...
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The Presidency and the Politics of Racial Inequality: Nation-keeping from ...

Russell Lowell Riley, Russell Lynn Riley - African Americans - 1999 - 404 pages
...you to forward or deliver the papers of which you speak — By no act or direction of mine, off1cial or private, could I be induced to aid knowingly in...a higher one to the communities in which we live; if the former be perverted to destroy the latter, it is patriotism to disregard them.9 The policy thus...
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Freedoms Ferment

Peter Moore, Tyler - Poetry - 1999 - 638 pages
...Asserting that the post office department was created to serve the people and not to injure them, he said: By no act or direction of mine, official or private,...of this description directly or indirectly. We owe our obligation to the laws, but a higher one to the community in which we live; and if the former be...
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