Soon after the promulgation of these documents, the Legislature of Delaware passed the following: Whereas, The Government of the United States and the several States are governments of law, within the limits of which all officials find rightful powers, and outside of which no official has any just claim to power or to obedience from his fellow-citizens; and whereas William Cannon, the Governor of this State, in his inaugural address, has avowed the false and dangerous doctrine that “reasonable ground for suspicion” can justify the arbitrary arrest and incarceration in prisons, far removed from the district of their residence, of citizens against whom no warrant has been issued or charge made according to law, and has unblushingly published his approval of these cruel and lawless arrests of his own fellow-citizens; and whereas he has thus proved him-self, by his own avowal, the weak but willing tool of Federal usurpation, and a Governor unworthy the respect and confidence of his fellow-citizens, one to whom they can look for no just protection of their rights of persons and property: therefore, Resolved, That the doctrines of Governor Cannon's address, in regard to arbitrary and lawless arrests, are, if carried out, fatal to constitutional
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