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the latitude that the debate had taken, and that there was so much excitement on the question, which merely proposed the raising of committees to make inquiries. Every grievance complained of by any portion of the citizens of the Common wealth, he thought, ought to be removed by this Convention.-- With regard to overtures to be made to the North, he did not believe that the Convention would rise to the dignity of making any demands about which there was any doubt of acceptance, even by Massachusetts. He came from the much despised Northwest, and though he loved the Union, he did not love it well enough to be willing to lay down all his rights as a man — not well enough to say to Virginia, the good old mother, lay down your imperial robes, clothe yourself in sackcloth, and bend the suppliant knee to Abraham Lincoln. The President here announced that the hour had arrived for going into Committee of the Whole for the purpose of considering the report of the Committee on Federal R
The Daily Dispatch: March 19, 1861., [Electronic resource], Massachusetts personal Liberty bill. (search)
Massachusetts personal Liberty bill. --The bill modifying the provisions of what is called the "Personal Liberty Law, " which passed the Senate of Massachusetts last week, was ordered to a third reading in the House of Representatives of that State on Wednesday last, by a vote of 81 to 45. The Boston Journal, in reference to this new act, of the final passage of which it has no doubt, says: "The obnoxious features of the old act are done away with, The custody of the United States Marshal of the fugitive is unimpaired, the honest claimant is protected to the extent of his constitutional rights, and the peace of the community is not deprived of that security which it always ought to find in a well regulated militia. Thus Massachusetts puts herself into unquestioned accord with the Federal Government and her sister States on this delicate and too often disturbing subject. She acknowledges in full the rights of all other powers under our complex system of Government."
of the Confederate States. It would be a bold act, but one of a patriot and statesman, which all good men will applaud and justify, and will be heralded from one end of the country to the other as the truest policy to secure peace.--If the President does this, opinions will be various; some may brand him as false and faltering, but the majority will declare him a patriot, who refused to bring on the country the calamities of civil war. The said border States would have their rights, or Kentucky would turn her face towards her Southern sisters. Mr. Bright presented a joint resolution of the Indiana Legislature, praying Congress to call a National Convention. The Senate then went into Executive session, during which Charles Francis Adams, of Massachusetts, was nominated Minister to England; Mr. Dayton, of New Jersey, Minister to France; Mr. Marsh, of Vermont, Minister to Sardinia; J. Watson Webb, of New York, Minister to Turkey. The nomination of Mr. Dayton was confirmed.