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Page 147 - being derived from the people of the United States, may be resumed by them, whensoever the same shall be perverted to their injury or oppression." The saving here in favor of a rescission of the Constitution, in the discretion of the people, applies unquestionably to the people of
Page 146 - fully and freely investigated and discussed the proceedings of the Federal Convention, and being prepared, as well as the most mature deliberation hath enabled us, to decide thereon, Do, in the name and in behalf of the people of Virginia, declare and make known, that the powers granted under the Constitution, being derived from the
Page 457 - Rather than give my aid, I would surrender my station here, for I aspire not to imitate the rash boy who set fire to the Ephesian dome. No, sir, I will lend no aid to the passage of this bill. I had almost said that " I had rather be a dog and bay the moon than such a Roman.
Page 55 - the stormy discussions on his resolutions in 1765, were John Tyler, in his ninetenth year, and Thomas Jefferson, in his twenty-third. The soul of young Tyler caught fire at the sound of Henry's voice : " Caesar had his Brutus, Charles the First his Cromwell, and George the Third, (" Treason,"' cried the speaker ; " treason, treason !" echoed from every part of the house)—"may profit by their example. If this
Page 153 - intense at this shameless combination. "Twenty years," cried Madison, "will produce all the mischief that can be apprehended from the liberty to import slaves. So long a time will be more dishonorable to the American character than to say nothing about it in the Constitution.
Page 48 - In the name of God, Amen. I, Henry Tyler, of the Parish of Bruton, in the county of York, Gent., being in perfect sense and memory, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, in
Page 348 - nations sooner, to others later, but finally to all," when it will be made manifest " that the mass of mankind have not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God." Already has this truth aroused the one-half of thiscontinent from the lethargy in which it has so long reposed. Already are the
Page 348 - have established and maintained false religions over the greatest part of the world, and through all time;"—" that truth is great and will prevail, if left to herself; that she
Page 139 - manner of proceeding, entirely unauthorized, and the extent of the changes made, immediately divided the nation into two great parties,—those in favor and those opposed. Even Washington wrote : " There are some things in the new form (I will readily acknowledge) which never did, and I am persuaded never will, obtain my cordial approbation.