Hence, if the people of a Territory want slavery, they will encourage it by passing affirmatory laws, and the necessary police regulations, patrol laws and slave code; if they do not want it they will withhold that legislation, and by withholding it slavery is as dead as if it was prohibited by a constitutional prohibition, especially if, in addition, their legislation is unfriendly, as it would be if they were opposed to it. They could pass such local laws and police regulations as would drive slavery out in one day, or one hour, if they were opposed to it, and therefore, so far as the question of slavery in the Territories
is concerned, so far as the principle of popular sovereignty is concerned, in its practical operation, it matters not how the Dred Scott
case may be decided with reference to the Territories
My own opinion on that law point is well known.
It is shown by my votes and speeches in Congress.
But be it as it may, the question was an abstract question, inviting no practical results, and whether slavery shall exist or shall not exist in any State or Territory, will depend upon whether the people are for or against it, and which ever way they shall decide it in any Territory or in any State, will be entirely satisfactory to me.
But I must now bestow a few words upon Mr. Lincoln
's main, objection to the Dred Scott
He is not going to submit to it. Not that he is going to make war upon it with force of arms.
But he is going to appeal and reverse it in some way ; he cannot tell us how. I reckon not by a writ of error, because I do not know where he would prosecute that, except before an Abolition Society.
And when he appeals, he does not exactly tell us to whom he will appeal, except it be the Republican party, and I have yet to learn that the Republican party, under the Constitution
, has judicial powers; but he is going to appeal from it and reverse it, either by an act of Congress, or by turning out the judges, or in some other way. And why?
Because he says that that decision deprives the negro of the benefits of that clause of the Constitution of the United States
which entitles the citizens of each State to all the privileges and immunities of citizens of the several States.
Well, it is very true that the decision does have that effect.
By deciding that a negro is not a citizen, of course it denies to him the rights and privileges awarded to citizens of the United States
It is this that Mr. Lincoln
will not submit to. Why?
For the palpable reason that he wishes to confer upon the negro all the rights, privileges and immunities of citizens of the several States.
I will not quarrel with Mr. Lincoln
for his views on that subject.
I have no doubt he is conscientious in them.
I have not the slightest idea but that he conscientiously believes that a negro ought to enjoy and exercise all the rights and privileges given to white men ; but I do not agree with him, and hence I cannot concur with him. I believe that this Government of ours was founded on the white basis.
I believe that it was established by white men; by men of European
birth, or descended of European
races, for the benefit of white men and their posterity in all time to come.
I do not believe that it, was the design or intention of the signers of the Declaration of Independence
or the framers of the Constitution
to include negroes, Indians
, or other inferior races, with white man, as citizens.
Our fathers had at that day seen the evil consequences of conferring civil and political rights upon the Indian
and negro in the Spanish
colonies on the American
continent and the adjacent islands.
, in Central America
, in South America
and in the West India Islands
, where the Indian
, the negro and men of all colors and all races are put on an equality by law, the effect of political amalgamation can be seen.
Ask any of those gallant young men in your own county, who went to Mexico
to fight the battles of their country, in what friend Lincoln
considers an unjust and unholy war, and hear what they will tell you in regard to the amalgamation of races in that country.
Amalgamation there, first political, then social, has led to demoralization and degradation, until it has reduced that people below the point of capacity for self-government.
Our fathers knew what the effect of it would be, and from the time they planted foot on the American
continent, not only those who landed at Jamestown
, but at Plymouth Rock
and all other points on the coast, they pursued the policy of confining