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the slave trade—or, to use its own language, with the migration or importation of such persons as any of the states should think proper to admit—prior to the year 1808.
During the intervening period of more than twenty years, the matter was exclusively under the control of the respective states.
Nevertheless, every Southern stale of its authority being daily violated.
The effect of the repeal was to permit the importation of negroes into South Carolina during the interval from 1803 to 1808.
It is probable that an extensive contrabrand trade was carried on by the New England slavers with other ports, on account of the lack of means to enforce the lawegard to the other, that no authority existed to prohibit the migration or importation of such persons as the states might think proper to admit, prior to the year 1808.
So distinct and final was this statement of the limitations of the authority of Congress considered to be that, when a similar petition was presented two or thre