Speech of Mr. Slade: Of Vermont, on the Subject of the Abolition of Slavery and the Slave Trade Within the District of Columbia. Delivered in the House of Representatives, December 23, 1835
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Página 10 - ... numbers will increase to more than two millions within Virginia; when our sister States are closing their doors upon our blacks for sale; and when our whites are moving westwardly in greater numbers than we like to hear of; when this, the fairest land on all this continent, for soil and climate and situation combined, might become a sort of garden spot if it were worked by the hands of white men alone, can we, ought we to sit quietly down, fold our arms, and say to each other, ' well, well, this...
Página 8 - Congress may by law direct, shall be, and the same is hereby forever ceded and relinquished to the Congress and Government of the United States, in full and absolute right, and exclusive jurisdiction, us well of soil as of persons residing or to reside thereon, pursuant to the tenor and effect of the eighth section of the first article of the Constitution of the Government of the United States.
Página 10 - To deprave and degrade its subjects, by removing from them the strongest natural checks to human corruption. 2. It dooms thousands of human beings to hopeless ignorance. 3. It deprives its subjects, in a great measure, of the privileges of the gospel.
Página 9 - These people are without their consent torn from their homes ; husband and wife are frequently separated and sold into distant parts — children are taken from their parents without regard to the ties of nature, and the most endearing bonds of affection are broken forever.
Página 10 - Noirs. But something ought to be done. Means, sure but gradual, systematic but discreet, ought to be adopted for reducing the mass of evil which is pressing upon the south, and will still more press upon her the longer it is put off.
Página 8 - ... shall be, and the same is hereby, forever ceded and relinquished to the congress and government of the United States, in full and absolute right, and exclusive jurisdiction, as well of soil as of persons residing or to reside thereon, pursuant to the tenor and effect of the eighth section of the first article of the constitution of the government of the United States...
Página 9 - Even the laws which govern us sanction and direct, in certain cases, a procedure that we believe as unparalleled, in glaring injustice, by any thing at present known among the Governments of Christendom. An instance of the operation of these laws, which occurred during the last summer, we will briefly relate: "A colored man, who stated that he was entitled to freedom, waS taken up as a runaway slave, and lodged in the jail of Washington City. He was advertised, but no one appearing to claim him,...
Página 10 - but there it is, the black and gnawing evil at our doors — and meet the question we must at no distant day. God only knows what it is the part of wise men to do on that momentous and appalling subject. Of this I am sure...
Página 8 - That nothing herein contained shall be so construed to vest in the United States any right of property in the soil, as to affect the rights of individuals therein, otherwise than the same shall or may be transferred by such individuals to the United States...
Página 4 - CASH FOR FOUR HUNDRED NEGROES. Including both sexes, from twelve to twenty-five years ol age. Persons having likely servants to dispose of, will find it to their interest to give us a call, as we will give higher prices in cash than any other purchaser, who is now or may hereafter come into this MARKET.