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had a right to complain of the hostile action of the General Government, notwithstanding the claim set up that Virginia had always sanctioned or ratified the measures of the Administration in respect to slavery. The report of the Harper's Ferry Committee showed that the North had for years been engaged in running off the property of the South, and citizens had been murdered in the attempt to execute the fugitive slave law. A few years ago, under Fillmore's Administration, a negro named Anthony Burns was brought back, but it required not only the whole military force of a State, but a large force of the General Government, involving an expense of some hundred thousand dollars to bring back a slave worth seven or eight hundred. Such was an illustration of public sentiment at the North. Should Virginia remain under such a Government as that? He went on to argue that the free-soil had been trespassing upon the slave property of the border, almost depleting the counties there, and thi