ion 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 security to that extensive frontier.
Under Mr. Jefferson, the importation of slaves into the Territories of Mississippi and Louisiana was prohibited in advance of the time limited by the Constitution for the interdiction of the slave trade.
When the Missouri restriction was enacted, all the members of Mr. Monroe's Cabinet--Mr. Crawford of Georgia, Mr. Calhoun of South Carolina, and Mr. Wirt of Virginia — concurred with Mr. Monroe in affirming its constitutionality.
In 1832, after the Southampton massacre, the evils of Slavery were exposed in the Legislature of Virginia, and the expediency of its gradual abolition maintained, in terms as decided as were ever employed by the most uncompromising agitator.
A bill for that object was introduced into the Assembly by the grandson of Mr. Jefferson, and warmly supported by dis