l character and domestic peace, but even to our political salvation.
In 1797 Mr. Pinkney, in the Legislature of Maryland, maintained that by the eternal principles of justice, no man in the State has the right to hold his slave a single hour.
In 1803, Mr. John Randolph, from a committee on the subject, reported that the prohibition of Slavery by the ordinance of 1787, was a measure wisely calculated to promote the happiness and prosperity of the North-western States, and to give strength and sime only the acquisition of New Orleans and the adjacent territory.
But they were dealing with a man that did nothing by halves.
Napoleon knew, and we know--that to give up the mouth of the river was to give up its course.
On Easter-Sunday of 1803, he amazed his Council with the announcement, that he had determined to cede the whole of Louisiana to the United States.
Not less to the astonishment of the American envoys, they were told by the French negotiators, at the first interview, that