Address and Resolutions, Adopted at the Whig State Convention, Worcester, October 3, 1849 ... (Google eBook)

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Eastburn's Press, 1849 - 32 pages
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Page 5 - That it is the duty of the federal government to relieve itself from all responsibility for the existence or continuance of slavery, wherever that government possesses constitutional authority to legislate on that subject, and is thus responsible for its existence.
Page 5 - That the true and in the judgment of this convention the only safe means of preventing the extension of slavery into territory now free is to prohibit its existence in all such territory by an act of Congress.
Page 7 - That the obligations of honor and patriotism require the earliest practicable payment of the national debt; and we are, therefore, in favor of such a tariff of duties as will raise revenue adequate to defray the necessary expenses of the federal government, and to pay annual instalments of our debt, and the interest thereon. Resolved, That we inscribe on our banner, "Free Soil, Free Speech, Free Labor, and Free Men," and under it will fight on, and fight ever, until a triumphant victory shall reward...
Page 4 - The personal opinions of the individual who may happen to occupy the Executive chair, ought not to control the action of Congress upon questions of domestic policy : nor ought his objections to be interposed where questions of constitutional power have been settled by the various departments of government, and acquiesced in by the people.
Page 5 - ... preacher to the largest regular congregation on the American continent. The great hall in Boston could seat four thousand people, and at his regular discourses every part of it was filled. In addition to his...
Page 9 - ... to countenance and inculcate the principles of humanity and general benevolence, public and private charity, industry and frugality, honesty and punctuality in their dealings ; sincerity, good humor, and all social affections, and generous sentiments, among the people.
Page 4 - ... pledges which were to be an iron rule of action in all, and in despite of all, the contingencies that might arise in the course of a presidential term. I am not engaged to lay violent hands indiscriminately upon public officers, good or bad, who may differ in opinion...
Page 22 - ... claims upon the Oregon to be dearly maintained at the cost of one dollar of treasure, or one drop of blood. The physical structure of our country, viewed in connection with its probable future fortunes, presents a vast field of speculation and inquiry, of which I have hardly crossed the threshold. We have a goodly heritage; the lines have fallen to us in pleasant places.
Page 19 - In our country, in any country like ours, in which there is so large an infusion of the popular element, it seems to me there never can be more than two parties. These represent two principles in humanity. They are the party of progress and the party of repose.
Page 7 - ... collect its revenues, in preference to a resort to direct taxation. Although the latter is, I believe, steadily gaining in the public mind, its advance has not yet been sufficient to authorize us to expect its early adoption.

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