From the Virginia Plantation to the National Capitol: Or, The First and Only Negro Representative in Congress from the Old Dominion (Google eBook)

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American Publishing Company, 1894 - African American legislators - 524 pages
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Page 338 - And I further declare and make known that such persons of suitable condition will be received into the armed service of the United States to garrison forts, positions, stations, and other places, and to man vessels of all sorts in said service. And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution upon* military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind and the gracious favor of Almighty God.
Page 152 - And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.
Page 408 - While the case is not free from difficulty, the court is of opinion that, according to the settled rules of interpretation, a statute fixing the annual salary of a public officer at a named sum, without limitation as to time, should not be deemed abrogated or suspended by subsequent enactments which merely appropriated a less amount for the services of that officer for particular fiscal years, and which contained no words that expressly, or by clear implication, modified or repealed the previous...
Page 471 - He aroused even the women, got up an immense religious fervor in his favor and aroused the prejudice of the large mass of the unthinking colored people to such an extent as I never witnessed before and hope never to witness again. It was at white heat in Sussex County the week prior to the election, so much so that I was impressed with the opinion and expressed it, that they would not then...
Page 338 - AD, 1863." The first contribution of Five dollars was made by Charlotte Scott, a freed woman of Virginia, being her first earnings in freedom, and consecrated by her suggestion and request on the day she heard of President Lincoln's death, to build a monument to his memory.
Page 408 - Hayti, is in the improbability, that that body would neglect, in any year, to appropriate the full sum to which that officer was entitled under the law as it then existed. On the other hand, it is not probable that Congress, knowing, as we must presume it did, that that officer had, in virtue of a statute whose object was to fix his salary received annually a salary of $7,500 from the date of the creation of his office, and after expressly declaring in the act of 1878, 20 Stat.
Page 187 - When the judge shall proceed to the last fatal ceremony, and demand what he has to say why the sentence of the law should not be pronounced upon him...
Page 152 - The horns of the altar are its last resort seized only in desperation, as it rushes from the terror of the avenger's arm. Like other unclean spirits, it "hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest its deeds should be reproved.
Page 189 - If you can't hate slavery because it oppresses the black man in the Southern States, for God's sake, hate it for its enslavement of white men. Don't say it is confined to the South, here it is on our neighbors and citizens.
Page 188 - He said that he hated the Fugitive Slave Law as he did the Democratic party, with a deep, unalterable hatred. He then went on with a clear, noble, and bold utterance of sentiments which were clothed in as eloquent language as is often heard upon the floor of the halls of Congress. The listeners forgot that he was a black man he spoke a white language such as few white men can speak. He trampled the Fugitive Slave Law under his feet, for it incarcerated his own brother and his friends and neighbors...

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