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against the resolution as amended, for he was perfectly satisfied with it in its original form. He contended that the word sovereign, in this connection, was inapplicable, for sovereignty implied supremacy. The proposition stood in the dilemma of the Scotchman who was addressing an audience on metaphysics; the audience did not understand the Scotchman, nor did he understand himself. Mr. Scott took the position that the Federal Government had the power to execute its laws in the State of Virginia, and the people had no right to prevent it. These powers had been granted. For what time had they been granted? Could they be resumed at pleasure? The very preamble of the old Articles of Confederation declared that the old Union was perpetual. To make a more perfect Union, the thirteen States agreed to the alteration of the Articles of Confederation. He held that the powers granted to the Federal Constitution were granted forever, unless changed in conformity with the terms of th
m. C. Scott, Seawell, Sharp, Sheffey, Sitlington, Slaughter, Southall, Spurlock, Staples, A. H. H. Stuart, C. J. Stuart, Strange, Summers, Sutherlin, Tarr, Tayloe, Thornton, Treadway, R. H. Turner, F. P. Turner, Waller, Whitfield, Willey, Wilson, and Wysor.--113. So the amendment was lost. The question recurring on the original resolution, the vote was taken viva voce, and resulted in its adoption. It reads as follows: 1. Be it Resolved and Declared by the People of the State of Virginia, in Convention Assembled, That the States which composed the United States of America, when the Federal Constitution was formed, were independent sovereignties, and in adopting that instrument the people of each State agreed to associate with the people of the other States, upon a footing of exact equality. It is the duty, therefore, of the common Government to respect the rights of the States and the equality of the people thereof, and, within the just limits of the Constitution, to