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[38] settled the question whether he should sit upon a throne or stand upon a scaffold. It was the Alien and Sedition Acts-provisions against foreigners, and forbidding to “print, publish, and utter anything to bring government and laws into disrepute” --that contributed so much to send the Federal party to the tomb of the Capulets. When old men, and men high in the land's confidence, like those who meet in Philadelphia, New York, and at Faneuil Hall to-night, talk with such thoughtless impudence, of “putting down discussion,” remember that whom God would destroy, he first makes mad. Were it not so, Mr. Choate would be the first man to laugh at the spectacle of himself, a very respectable lawyer and somewhat eloquent declaimer of the Suffolk bar, coolly asserting with a threatening brow, meant to be like that of Jove, to the swarming millions of the free States, that “this discussion must stop!” To such nonsense, whether from him, or the angry lips of his wire-puller in front of the Revere House, the only fitting answer is Sam Weller's repetition to Pickwick, “It can't be done.” [Cheers and laughter.] The like was never attempted but once before, when Xerxes flung chains at the Hellespont-

And o'er that foolish deed has pealed
The long laugh of a world!

Oh, no! this chasm in the forum all the Clay in the land cannot fill. [Cheers.] This rent in the mantle all the Websters in the mill cannot weave up. [Cheers.] Perpetuate slavery amid such a race as ours! Impossible! Re-annex the rest of the continent, if you will; pile fugitive slave bills till they rival the Andes; dissolve, were it possible, the union God has made between well doing and well-being,--even then you could not keep slavery in peace till you got a new race to people these

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