Journal of the Missouri State Convention: Held at the City of St. Louis, October, 1861

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G. Knapp & Company, printers, 1861 - Constitutional conventions - 111 pages
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Page 26 - ... hoarded, as the rich treasures, the very jewels of liberty. To this end, popular and representative right has kept up its warfare against prerogative, with various success ; sometimes writing the history of a whole age in blood ; sometimes witnessing the martyrdom of...
Page 24 - ... of directors shall fix the denominations of said bonds, which shall not be less than one hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars. Said bonds shall bear interest at a rate to be fixed by the board of directors, but the rate shall not exceed six per centum per annum. The interest shall be payable on the first day of January and the first day of July of each year. The board of directors shall also designate the place or places at which said bonds or any of them and the interest thereon...
Page 18 - He shall be a competent practical printer, and before entering upon the discharge of the duties of his office shall give a good and sufficient bond to the people of the State of California in the sum of...
Page 26 - President, the contest, for ages, has been to rescue Liberty from the grasp of executive power. Whoever has engaged in her sacred cause, from the days of the downfall of those great aristocracies which had stood between the king and the people to the time of our own independence, has struggled for the accomplishment of that single object. On the long list of the champions of human freedom, there is not one name dimmed by the reproach of advocating the extension of executive authority ; oa the contrary,...
Page 26 - The spirit of liberty is, indeed, a bold and fearless spirit; but it is also a sharp-sighted spirit; it is a cautious, sagacious, discriminating, farseeing intelligence; it is jealous of encroachment, jealous of power, jealous of man. It demands checks; it seeks for guards; it insists on securities; it intrenches itself behind strong defences, and fortifies itself with all possible care against the assaults of ambition and passion.
Page 46 - Instead of thinking myself freed from all civil obligations by this mark of confidence, I shall constantly bear in mind, that as the sword was the last resort for the preservation of our liberties, so it ought to be laid aside when those liberties are firmly established. I shall instantly set about making the most necessary reforms in the army.
Page 45 - ... confine persons who refuse to take the Continental currency, or are otherwise disaffected to the American cause; and return to the States, of which they are citizens, their names, and the nature of their offences, together with the witnesses to prove them. " That the foregoing powers be vested in General Washington, for and during the term of six months from the date hereof, unless sooner determined by Congress.
Page 27 - ... a power, to which, for purposes of foreign conquest and subjugation, Rome, in the height of her glory, is not to be compared ; a power which has dotted over the surface of the whole globe with her possessions and military posts, whose morning drum-beat, following the sun, and keeping company with the hours, circles the earth with one continuous and unbroken strain of the martial airs of England.
Page 20 - Be it ordained by the people of the State of Missouri, in convention assembled : "That hereafter, in this state, there shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except in punishment of crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted ; and all persons held to service or labor as slaves are hereby declared free.
Page 102 - Missouri, in lieu thereof, said bonds to be signed by the governor, and counter-signed by the secretary of state...

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