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Page 308 - Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie, Which we ascribe to heaven : the fated sky Gives us free scope; only, doth backward pull Our slow designs, when we ourselves are dull.
Page 241 - I know that there is a visionary dogma, which holds that negro slaves cannot be the subject of property. I shall not dwell long on this speculative abstraction. That is property which the law declares to be property. Two hundred years of legislation have sanctioned and sanctified negro slaves as property.
Page 148 - Moreover, he hath left you all his walks, His private arbors, and new-planted orchards, On this side Tiber; he hath left them you, And to your heirs forever ; common pleasures, To walk abroad, and recreate yourselves. Here was a Caesar ! When comes such another ? 1 Cit. Never, never! — Come, away, away! We'll burn his body in the holy place, And with the brands fire the traitors
Page 240 - ... of the ballot box ; and he must be blind to what is passing before us, who does not perceive that the inevitable tendency of their proceedings is, if these should be found insufficient, to invoke, finally, the more potent powers of the bayonet. " Mr. President, it is at this alarming stage of the proceedings of the ultra-Abolitionists that I would seriously invite every considerate man in the country...
Page 14 - Flowers of the sky ! ye, too, to age must yield, Frail as your silken sisters of the field ! Star after star from heaven's high arch shall rush, Suns sink on suns, and systems systems crush, Headlong, extinct, to one dark centre fall, And death, and night, and chaos mingle all ! Till o'er the wreck, emerging from the storm, Immortal nature lifts her changeful form, Mounts from her funeral pyre on wings of flame, And soars and shines, another and the same...
Page 108 - It is not from greater surplus of produce, after supplying their own wants, for in this New York is not beyond some other States ; is it from other sources of industry additional to her produce? This may be; — or is it a moral superiority? — a sounder calculating mind, as to the most profitable employment of surplus, by improvement of capital, instead of useless consumption ? I should lean to this latter hypothesis, were I disposed to puzzle myself with such investigations...
Page 33 - Our roads are filled with people, many of whom have been reduced from a state of competence and good prospects, to the last degree of want and sorrow. So sudden was the blow, by which they have been crushed, that no provision could be made either to elude or to meet it. The fugitives from Niagara county especially, were dispersed under circumstances of so much terror, that, in some cases, mothers find themselves wandering with strange children, and children are seen accompanied by such, as have no...
Page 266 - ... that will be opposed to the continuance of Slavery in any part of the Republic, and by effecting the speedy abolition of Slavery, prevent a general convulsion; and whereas, we believe we owe it to the oppressed, to our fellow-citizens who hold slaves, to our whole country, to posterity, and to God, to do all that is lawfully in our power to bring about the extinction of Slavery...
Page 220 - Let it simply be asked, where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in the courts of justice?
Page 224 - Senators of Colombia. Legislators ! Slavery is the infringement of all laws. A law having a tendency to preserve slavery, would be the grossest sacrilege. Man to be possessed by his fellow man ! — man to be made property of! The image of the Deity to be put under the yoke! Let these usurpers show us their title-deeds ! — Address to the Legislature of Bolivia and Peru.