their political rights.
Any question in regard to property has always been admitted to be matter for fair and equitable settlement, in case of the withdrawal of a state.
The treaty by which the Louisiana territory was ceded to the United States expressly provided that the inhabitants thereof should be admitted, as soon as possible, according to the principles of the Federal Constitution, to the enjoyment of all the rights, advantages, and immunities of citizens of the United States.
Ray's Louisiana Digest, Vol.
I, p. 24. In all other acquisitions of territory the same stipulation is either expressed or implied.
Indeed, the denial of the right would be inconsistent with the character of American political institutions.
Another objection made to the right of secession is based upon obscure, indefinite, and inconsistent ideas with regard to allegiance.
It assumes various shapes, and is therefore somewhat difficult to meet, but, as most frequently presented, may be stated