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of the adoption of the federal Constitution African servitude existed in all the states that were parties to that compact, unless with the single exception of Massachusetts, in which it had, perhaps, very recently ceased to exist.
The slaves, however, were numerous in the Southern, and very few in the Northern, states.
This dived in Louisiana, no pretext was made of that as an objection to the acquisition.
The ground of opposition is frankly stated in a letter of that period from one Massachusetts statesman to another—that the influence of our part of the Union must be diminished by the acquisition of more weight at the other extremity.
Cabot to Pickering, who was then Senator from Massachusetts.
(See Life and Letters of George Cabot, by H. C. Lodge, p. 334.)
Some years afterward (in 1819-20) occurred the memorable contest with regard to the admission into the Union of Missouri, the second state carved out of the Louisiana Territory.
The controversy arose out of a proposi
it in execution.
Notably is this true of Massachusetts and other New England states.
The acquisireason, expressed by an eminent citizen of Massachusetts,
George Cabot, who had been United Stall later, long a representative of the state of Massachusetts in the Senate of the United States, wa. . .
It [the separation] must begin in Massachusetts.
The proposition would be welcomed in Con8-340.
Substituting South Carolina for Massachusetts; Virginia for New York; Georgia, Mississip. Josiah Quincy, a member of Congress from Massachusetts, said:
If this bill passes, it is my dlled him to order.
The Speaker (Varnum of Massachusetts) sustained Poindexter, and decided that thof delegates chosen by the legislatures of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, with an ir in behalf of that state, that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, faithful to the compact between tno binding force whatever on the people of Massachusetts— language which must have meant that the a
Constitution reported by the Convention of delegates in Philadelphia.
In Massachusetts there was a sharp contest.
The people of that state were then—as for a lon
In terms substantially identical with those employed by the other states, Massachusetts thus announced her ratification:
In convention of the delegates of the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1788.
The Convention having impartially discussed and fully considered the Constitution for the United States of Americed [etc.], . . . do, in the name and in behalf of the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, assent to and ratify the said Constitution for the United States o the name and behalf of the people of this State.
But South Carolina, like Massachusetts, demanded certain amendments, and for greater assurance accompanied her orde name and in behalf of the people of Virginia.
In so doing, however, like Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, Virginia demanded certain amendments as