The Abolition Of Slavery The Right Of The Government Under The War Power eBook

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Title:  The Abolition Of Slavery The Right Of The Government Under The War Power

Author:  Various

Editor:  William Lloyd Garrison

Release Date:  March 12, 2006 [EBook #17971]

Language:  English

Character set encoding:  ASCII

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By William Lloyd Garrison and Others


Extracts from the speech of John Quincy Adams, delivered in the U.S.  House of Representatives, April 14 and 15, 1842, on War with Great Britain and Mexico:—­

What I say is involuntary, because the subject has been brought into the House from another quarter, as the gentleman himself admits.  I would leave that institution to the exclusive consideration and management of the States more peculiarly interested in it, just as long as they can keep within their own bounds.  So far, I admit that Congress has no power to meddle with it.  As long as they do not step out of their own bounds, and do not put the question to the people of the United States, whose peace, welfare and happiness are all at stake, so long I will agree to leave them to themselves.  But when a member from a free State brings forward certain resolutions, for which, instead of reasoning to disprove his positions, you vote a censure upon him, and that without hearing, it is quite another affair.  At the time this was done, I said that, as far as I could understand the resolutions proposed by the gentleman from Ohio, (Mr. Giddings,) there were some of them for which I was ready to vote, and some which I must vote against; and I will now tell this House, my constituents, and the world of mankind, that the resolution against which I would have voted was that in which he declares that what are called the slave States have the exclusive right of consultation on the subject of slavery.  For that resolution I never would vote, because I believe that it is not just, and does not contain constitutional doctrine.  I believe that, so long as the slave States are able to sustain their institutions without going abroad or calling upon other parts of the Union to aid them or act on the subject, so long I will consent never to interfere.  I have said this, and I repeat it; but if they come to the free States, and say to them, you must help us to keep down our slaves, you must aid us in an insurrection and a civil war, then I say that with that call comes a full and plenary power to this House and to the Senate over the whole

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