LETTER LAWRENCE O. BRIEN BRANCH HIS CONSTITUENTS

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Seite 12 - That the legislative power of the territory shall extend to all rightful subjects of legislation consistent with the constitution of the United States and the provisions of this act ; but no law shall be passed interfering with the primary disposal of the soil ; no tax shall be imposed upon the property of the United States...
Seite 12 - ... passed interfering with the primary disposal of the soil; no tax shall be imposed upon the property of the United States; nor shall the lands or other property of non-residents be taxed higher than the lands or other property of residents. All the laws passed by the legislative assembly and governor shall be submitted to the congress of the United States, and, if disapproved, shall be null and of no effect.
Seite 6 - ... her squatter sovereignty constitution, and who is fresh from a contest in which he sustained Mr. Fillmore, who instigated the squatters to assume the sovereignty of California, and, in effect, wrest that valuable acquisition not only from the South, but from the control of the Federal Government. Will the Democratic party, especially will the southern portion of it, fall into the snare laid for it by the Fillmore men of the South, and the Black Republicans of thd North?
Seite 6 - ... except only that in all cases involving title to slaves, the said writs of error, or appeals shall be allowed and decided by the said Supreme Court, without regard to the value of the matter, property, or title in controversy...
Seite 6 - ... Congress, constitutes part of a government never sanctioned by the people, confessedly temporary in its character, and liable to be altered or abolished at any moment by act of Congress, and possessing no more of sovereignty, and less of independence, than an ordinary moneyed corporation. That such a body possesses power to annul rights of property acquired and held under the common law and constitutions of fifteen States of the Union, appears to...
Seite 4 - ... Columbia, or in any other place over which Congress has exclusive jurisdiction. 4. A guarantee that the inter-state slave trade shall not be interfered with. 5. A protection to slavery in the Territories, while they are Territories, and a guarantee that when they ask for admission as States they shall be admitted into the Union with or without slavery as their Constitutions may prescribe. 6. The right of transit through free States with slave property.
Seite 8 - All agree that it may be exercised at the time of framing a constitution, and it is a mere question of time. Every one knows that if the majority of the Legislature are opposed to slavery, there are a multitude of ways in which the slaveholder may be harassed and kept out by hostile legislation, and by a failure to provide remedies for the protection of his rights. Practically, the institution can only be introduced and sustained where the majority are willing to tolerate it...
Seite 10 - This new doctrine, on the qpntrary, opens the door of the temple, invites an abolition Congress to the very hearthstone of the slaveholder's domestic circle, and allows it to strike its deadly blows at him in his daily and hourly walks.
Seite 6 - The bill also made special provision for writs of error and appeals from the territorial court to the Supreme Court of the United States, in all cases involving title to slaves and personal freedom.
Seite 10 - Draco; but, under it, if the slave did not run away from the master, the master would soon run away from the slave.

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