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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 44: Secession.—schemes of compromise.—Civil War.—Chairman of foreign relations Committee.—Dr. Lieber.—November, 1860April, 1861. (search)
Judge Taney's opinion as a dictum, thought it sure to be adopted by the court. Lincoln's Administration, however, rejected it altogether, and treated negroes as citizens. Opinion of Edward Bates, Attorney-General; McPherson's History of the Rebellion, p. 378; Sumner's Works, vol. v. pp. 497, 498. Mr. Adams, in letters to his constituents, treated as an unrepealed and unrescinded contract Letter to E. L. Pierce, Jan. 1. 1861. Mr. Adams's action was reviewed by E. L. Pierce in the Boston Atlas and Bee, Jan. 9, 1861; and the same journal published a leader, February 19, concerning it. a clause of the Compromise of 1850 which provided for the admission of New Mexico with or without slavery, as its constitution prescribed at the time of admission. But the opponents of that Compromise at the time, and the Republican party later, always treated that provision, as well as a similar one in the Nebraska bill, as purely legislative declarations, subject to repeal and to be repealed whene