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f sustaining a dense population, among whom labor would be honorable, and where the busy hum of men would tell that all were happy, and all were free. John A. Chandler's opinion. The second speech was delivered by John A. Chandler, of Norfolk county: The proposition, Mr. Speaker, said he, is not whether the State shall take the slaves for public uses, but this: Whether the Legislature has the right to compel the owners of slaves, under a penalty, within a reasonable time, to remove the opening paragraph, he says: It will be recollected, sir, that when the memorial from Charles City, was presented by the gentleman from Hanover, and when its reference was opposed, I took occasion to observe that I believed the people of Norfolk county would rejoice, could they even in the vista of time, see some scheme for the gradual removal of this curse from our land. I would have voted, sir, for its rejection, because I was desirous to see a report from the committee declaring the sla