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reign power would there be to compel them to do so? Mr. Scott.--Why, sir, the Government would, in that case, be broken up. I regard the sovereignty of the United States to be in the States in their collective capacity, or in three-fourths of them, in which lies the power to alter or abolish the Constitution, though Vatteli says it may reside in a Government.--Secession was regarded by Mr. Scott as a revolutionary remedy, but he should uphold it as the last resort. Mr. Goode, of Mecklenburg, had listened to all the arguments with pleasure and satisfaction, and if he consulted his own feelings he would be content to have the ayes and noes taken upon the question at once. But some of the positions advanced by gentlemen on this floor, he conceived, ought not to go unanswered. In reply to the gentleman from Augusta, who had stated that Virginia was stepped from any complaint against the action of the General Government, because she had ratified the several compromise acts, he