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Virginia, by solemn act of Assembly, and by formal deed, duly recorded in the Clerk's office of my County, (and which I have often read,) ceded and transferred all her right, title, and interest of, in, and to the lands at Old Point Comfort to the United States, for purposes of fortification and national defence.
Then, if the guns are the property of the United States, and Old Point Comfort is also the property of the United States, what right, moral or legal, has VirginiOld Point Comfort is also the property of the United States, what right, moral or legal, has Virginia to lay her hands upon the guns, or to hinder the transfer of them to the lands of the United States?
A man takes and carries away for his own use my horse, and the law pronounces it larceny — in plainer language, stealing.
Now, what difference, I beg to know, is there, either in morals or in law, between the act of an individual illegally taking and carrying away another's property, and that of a State doing the same thing?
Do we make the matter better by paying for the guns after they hav