because it gave less to the South
than even the Crittenden Compromise
; whereas, Virginia
required the whole of that, and something more
. He proposed sundry amendments to the Federal Constitution
, in addition to the guarantee to Slavery, forever, of all territory south of 36° 30′; one of which secures to every slaveholder the right to take his slave through any non-slaveholding State or territory, in passing from one slaveholding State or territory to another; and also secures to him protection for his slaves as property, while at sea on such a journey.
Another is in these words:
article 7. Sec. 1.
The elective franchise and the right to hold office, whether Federal, State, territorial, or municipal, shall not be exercised by persons who are, in whole or in part, of the African race.
Another of these amendments presumes, and recognizes, the right of peaceable State secession, undertaking to guard against its abuses.
Mr. Charles A. Wickliffe
, of Kentucky
, proposed that this Convention request the several States which have passed Personal Liberty bills, to abrogate them; also, that they allow slaves to be carried across their soil respectively.
Mr. Amos Tuck
[Republican], of New Hampshire
, submitted an Address to the People of the United States
, “deploring the divisions and distractions that now afflict our country,” but deprecating secession or violence, and insisting that “the Constitution of the United States
, properly understood and fairly enforced, is equal to every exigency.”
's address closed with three resolutions; which will be given hereafter.
Gov. S. P. Chase
, of Ohio
, proposed that this Convention adjourn to the 4th of April, to enable other States to be represented therein: but this was not agreed to.
After several days' discussion and consideration, with votes upon various amendments, Mr. David Dudley Field
, of New York, moved to amend the Committee
's report, by striking out § 7, and inserting as follows:
No State shall withdraw from the Union without the consent of all the States, given in a Convention of the States, convened in pursuance of an act passed by two-thirds of each House of Congress.
This proposition was rejected,1
Ays--Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts.
New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Kansas--10.
Noes-Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia--11.
's report at length coming up for action thereon, Gov. Baldwin
moved a substitution for said report of his proposition aforesaid; which was in the following words:
Whereas, unhappy differences exist which have alienated from each other portions of the people of the United States to such an extent as seriously to disturb the peace of the nation, and impair the regular and efficient action of the Government within the sphere of its constitutional powers and duties:
And whereas, the Legislature of the State of Kentucky has made application to Congress to call a Convention for proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States:
And, whereas, it is believed to be the opinion of the people of other States that amendments to the Constitution are or may become necessary to secure to the people of the United States, of every section, the full and equal enjoyment of their rights and liberties, so far as the same may depend for their security and protection on the powers granted to or withheld from the General Government, in pursuance of the national purposes for which it was ordained and established:
And whereas, it may be expedient that such amendments as any of the States may