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Imprudence — or worse.--The St. Louis Enquirer, intimating that the Restrictionists intend to renew their designs at the next session of Congress, says--Missouri will then appear ‘as a sovereign State, according to the law of Congress, and not as a Territorial orphan;’ that her people will, in that case, ‘give fresh proof to the world that they know their rights, and are able to defend them.’ What signifies such language as this? All things considered, we wish that the Missouri question may be suffered to rest where it is, as the lesser evil; but, if Congress pleases to take it up again, and refuses to admit the Territory under the Constitution which its Convention has formed, and is without power to enforce its determination, it is high time, indeed, that a new organization of affairs should take place. --Niles' Register, August 26, 1820, vol. XVIII., p. 451.
2 Colonel William H. Russell, of Missouri, a distant relative and life-long friend of Mr. Clay, in a letter (1862) to Hon. James S. Rollins, M. C., from his State, says that Mr. Scott, the Delegate from Missouri at the time of her admission, told him that Mr. Clay, at the close of the struggle, said to him: “Now, go home, and prepare your State for gradual Emancipation.”
3 February 27, 1821.
The Missouri question, I hope, will follow the other waves under the ship, and do no harm. I know it is high treason to express a doubt of the perpetual duration of our vast American empire, and our free institutions; and I say as devoutly as father Paul, esto perpetua: and I am sometimes Cassandra enough to dream that another Hamilton, another Burr, may rend this mighty fabric in twain, or perhaps into a leash, and a few more choice spirits of the same stamp might produce as many nations in North America as there are in Europe. --Adams's Works, vol. x., p. 386.
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