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The close of the revolution was signalized by Virginia's gift, not of principalities but of empires—to cement Federal union—called a ‘League of Love.’ The deed of cession of the northwest territory was executed by the delegation of Virginia in congress, in 1784, agreeably to an act of the legislature passed in 1783. Years afterwards, in the debate with Hayne, Mr. Webster took occasion to say that by the ordinance of 1787, excluding slavery therein, Nathan Dane who wrote it, thereby became greater ‘than Solon and Lycurgus, Minos, Numa Pompilius, and all the legislators and philosophers of the world.’

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