Sectionalism in Virginia from 1776 to 1861

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University of Chicago Press, 1910 - Virginia - 366 pages

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Page 224 - William Slade, of Vermont, joined to the presentation of some abolitionist petitions the motion that they should be referred to an extraordinary committee, with instructions to bring in a bill for the abolition of slavery and the slave trade in the District of Columbia.
Page 28 - That elections of members to serve as representatives of the people, in assembly, ought to be free ; and that all men, having sufficient evidence of permanent common interest with, and attachment to, the community, have the right of suffrage, and cannot be taxed or deprived of their property for public uses, without their own consent, or that of their representatives so elected, nor bound by any law to which they have not, in like manner, assented, for the public good.
Page 225 - Sir, slavery is interwoven with our very political existence, is guarantied by our constitution, and its consequences must be borne by our -northern brethren, as resulting from our system of government; and they cannot attack the institutions of slavery without attacking the institutions of the country, our safety and welfare.
Page 51 - States, to devise such further provisions as shall appear to them necessary to render the constitution of the federal government adequate to the exigencies of the union...
Page 253 - The general assembly, after the year 1841, and at intervals thereafter of not less than ten years, shall have authority, twothirds of each house concurring, to make reapportionments of delegates and senators throughout the commonwealth...
Page 174 - It is not worth while now to speculate on the mode and manner in which the government will be opposed. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. But a crisis is approaching. The northern counties demand to be separated from the state with a view of attaching themselves to Maryland or Pennsylvania; the southwest counties go for a division of the state into two commonwealths.
Page 197 - ... ox, which liveth only to work, and worketh only to live; you may put him under any process which, without destroying his value as a slave, will debase and crush him as a rational being; you may do all this, and yet the idea that he was born free will survive it all.
Page 174 - Lewisburg resolution tending to show the imminence of a division of the state, and many were the speculations indulged in by the early press as to the form the ultimate and inevitable division would take. The Kanawha Banner of December 17, 1830, says editorially: "The Virginia legislature will convene on Monday. To the proceedings of this body we look with intense interest. Matters of great moment will come before this body, and the discussions will be as interesting as those of the late convention.
Page 338 - Breckinridge party, which had long maintained a precarious existence upon the movement for a united South, were now resuscitated, and they soon developed into a well-organized party of much greater vitality than its prototypes of 1832 and 1850. Under the influence of subsequent events it was impossible to prevent a clash between these two parties; but it is not the purpose of this paper to discuss the consequences or to show how the eastern leaders were finally able to carry Virgina out of the Union...
Page 246 - ... with united voices they proclaim in the language of the Virginia resolutions, passed a few dajrs since, "the preservation of the Union if we can, the preservation of our own rights if we cannot." This is the temper of the South ; this is the temper becoming the inheritors of rights acquired for freemen by the blood of freemen. "Thus far shalt thou come and no farther," or else the proud waves of northern aggression shall float the wreck of the Constitution.

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