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AND THEIR LETTERS OF ACCEPTANCE.

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CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES.

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PUBLISHED BY JOHN P. JEWETT AND COMPANY.

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DG= “IF I AM ELECTED TO THE HIGH OFFICE FOR WHICH YOUR PARTIALITY HAS NOMINATED ME, I WILL ENDEAVOR TO ADMINISTER THE GOVERNMENT ACCORDING TO THE TRUE SPIRIT OF THE CONSTITUTION, AS IT WAS UNDERSTOOD BY THE GREAT MEN WHO FRAMED AND ADOPTED IT, AND IN SUCH A WAY AS TO PRESERVE BOTH LIBERTY AND UNION.” –

JOHN C. FREMONT.

THE REPUBLICAN PLATFORM,

ADoPTED BY THE PHILADELPHIA convention, JUNE 17TH, 1856. A GooD DAY FoR THE ADoPTION OF SUCH PRINCIPLES.

THIS Convention of Delegates, assembled in pursuance of a call to the people of the United States, without regard to past political differences or divisions, who are opposed to the repeal of the Missouri Compromise — to the policy of the present administration — to the extension of slavery into free territory; in favor of the admission of Kansas as a free State — of restoring the action of the Federal Government to the principles of Washington and Jefferson, and for the purpose of presenting candidates for the offices of President and Vice-President, do —

Resolve, That the maintenance of the principles promulgated in the Declaration of Independence, and embodied in the Federal Constitution, are essential to the preservation of our Republican Institutions, and that the Federal Constitution, the

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rights of the States, and the union of the States, must and shall be preserved.

- " - . : Resotted, Thai with our Republican fathers, we

hold it to be a self-evident truth that all men are
endowed with the inalienable right of life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness, and that the primary
object and ulterior design of our Federal Govern-
ment is to grant these rights to all persons under
its exclusive jurisdiction. That, as our Republican
fathers, when they had abolished slavery in all our
national territory, ordained that no person shall be
deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due
process of law, it becomes our duty to maintain
this provision of the Constitution (against all at-
tempts to violate it for the purpose of establishing
slavery in the territories of the United States,) by
positive legislation prohibiting its existence or
extension therein. That we deny the authority
of Congress, of a Territorial Legislature, of any
individual or association of individuals, to give
legal existence to slavery in any territory of the
United States, while the present Constitution shall
be maintained.
Resolved, That the Constitution confers upon
Congress sovereign power over the territories of
the United States for their government, and that
in the exercise of this power, it is both the right

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