source and its branches, and Slave States down near its mouth?
Pray, sir; pray, sir, let me say to the people of this country, that these things are worthy of their pondering and of their consideration.
Here, sir, are five millions of freemen in the Free States north of the river Ohio.
Can anybody suppose that this population can be severed by a line that divides them from the territory of a foreign and alien Government, down somewhere, the Lord knows where, upon the lower banks of the Mississippi?
What will become of Missouri?
Will she join the arrondissement of the Slave States?
Shall the man from the Yellow Stone and the Platte be connected in the new republic with the man who lives on the southern extremity of the Cape of Florida?
Sir, I am ashamed to pursue this line of remark.
I dislike it — I have an utter disgust for it. I would rather hear of natural blasts and mildews, war, pestilence and famine, than to hear gentlemen talk of secession.
To break up!
to break up