Freedom national; slavery sectional: Speech of Hon. Charles Sumner, of Massachusetts, on his motion to repeal the Fugitive slave bill, in the Senate of the United States, August 26, 1852 (Google eBook)

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Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1852 - Fugitive slave law of 1850 - 78 pages
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Page 43 - The Congress, the Executive, and the Court must each for itself be guided by its own opinion of the Constitution. Each public officer who takes an oath to support the Constitution swears that he will support it as he understands it, and not as it is understood by others.
Page 12 - Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.
Page 47 - No person held to service or labor in one State, under the laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in consequence of any law or regulation therein, be discharged from such service or labor, but shall be delivered up on claim of the party to whom such service or labor may be due.
Page 3 - Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do you even so to them : for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Page 50 - Resolved, that the several states composing the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their General Government ; but that by compact under the style and title of a Constitution for the United States...
Page 17 - Mr. MADISON thought it wrong to admit in the Constitution the idea that there could be property in men.
Page 44 - It is as much the duty of the house of representatives, of the senate, and of the President, to decide upon the constitutionality of any bill or resolution which may be presented to them for passage or approval, as it is of the supreme judges, when it may be brought before them for judicial decision.
Page 55 - That the respective colonies are entitled to the common law of England, and more especially to the great and inestimable privilege of being tried by their peers of the vicinage, according to the course of that law.
Page 64 - I rejoice that America has resisted. Three millions of people, so dead to all the feelings of liberty as voluntarily to submit to be slaves, would have been fit instruments to make slaves of the rest.
Page 21 - Shakespeare, thy gift, I place before my sight; With awe, I ask his blessing ere I write ; With reverence look on his majestic face; Proud to be less, but of his godlike race.

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