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Page 336 - true intent and meaning of this act not to legislate slavery into any Territory or State, nor to exclude it therefrom, but to leave the people thereof perfectly free to form and regulate their domestic institutions in their own way, subject only to the Constitution of the United States.
Page 352 - surely will not blame them for not doing what I should not know how to do myself. If all earthly power were given me, I should not know what to do as to the existing institution. My first impulse would be to free all the existing slaves, and send them to
Page 518 - I trust this will not be regarded as a menace, but only as the declared purpose of the Union that it will constitutionally defend and maintain itself. In doing this, there need be no bloodshed or violence ; and there shall be none unless it is forced upon the national authority. The power confided to me will be used to hold, occupy, and
Page 418 - when they framed the government under which we live, understood this question just as well, and even better than we do now." I fully indorse this, and I adopt it as a text for this discourse. I so adopt it, because it furnishes a precise and agreed starting-point for
Page 521 - by taking time. If there be an object to hurry any of you, in hot haste, to a step which you would never take deliberately, that object will be frustrated by taking time ; but no good object can be frustrated by it.
Page 352 - When Southern people tell us they are no more responsible for the origin of slavery than we, I acknowledge the fact. When it is said that the institution exists, and that it is very difficult to get rid of it in any satisfactory way, I can understand and appreciate the saying.
Page 397 - when that same enemy is wavering, dissevered, and belligerent ? The result is not doubtfuL We shall not fail, — if we stand firm, we shall not fail. Wise counsels may accelerate or mistakes delay it ; but, sooner or later, the victory is sure to come. The speech
Page 391 - was as follows : — GENTLEMEN OF THE CONVENTION, — If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how
Page 201 - I would therefore call the special attention of Congress to the subject, and respectfully suggest the propriety of passing such a law as will prohibit, under severe penalties, the circulation in the Southern States, through the mail, of incendiary publications, intended to instigate the slaves to insurrection.