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4 As the speech was first published, he pledged himself to support the bill with Butler's amendment; but in a revision the relative pronoun ‘which’ was transferred so that he appeared to pledge himself to support it only as amended by himself. The transfer of the relative pronoun led to a controversy in the newspapers,——--Boston Courier, May 6, 1850 ‘Advertiser,’ May 7; ‘Atlas,’ May 8 and 9; Moses Stuart's ‘Conscience and the Constitution,’ p. 67.
5 In a letter, May 15, 1850 (Webster's Works, vol. VI. p. 557), he treated the State personal liberty laws as ‘an insuperable difficulty’ in the way of a jury trial. He uniformly defended the Fugitive Slave Act, and applauded Eliot's vote for it. Private Correspondence, vol. II. pp. 387. 380.
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