sume the house with the fire whose initial spark he consented to bear and apply to the family dwelling, ever nursing the fire until the building was fairly ablaze.
And what was now, in 1860, the worth of the reliance which kept the South quiet in 1790, because it relied upon the virtue of Congress that it would exercise no unconstitutional authority?
In regard to the right to recapture fugitive slaves, it was at that time obviously a dead better.
The free States had violated that obligation berence.
Resolutions were adopted by this body, composed of able and eminent men from the different States, very similar to Mr. Crittenden's, which met with no better success.
Under these circumstances what were the slaveholding States to do?
In 1790 they kept quiet, because they relied upon the virtue of Congress that they would do nothing without constitutional authority.
Was such a faith any longer rational?
Had not the conduct of the free States proved that the guarantees of the constitu