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Chapter 5: The Territorial question an incident at the white House the Kansas and Nebraska bill the Missouri Compromise abrogated in 1850, not in 1854 origin of Squatter sovereignty sectional rivalry and its consequences the Emigrant aid Societies the Bible and Sharpe's rifles false Pretensions as to principle the strife in Kansas a retrospect the original equilibrium of power and its overthrow usurpations of the Federal Government the protective tariff origin and progress of abolitionism who were the friends of the Union? an illustration of political morality. The organization of the territory of Kansas was the first question that gave rise to exciting debate after my return to the Senate. The celebrated Kansas-Nebraska bill had become a law during the administration of Pierce. As this occupies a large space in the political history of the period, it is proper to state some facts connected with it which were not public, but were known to me and to
he goes a little further than anybody, I believe, who has spoken in vindication of the right, for he says: We do not intend that you shall drive us out of this House that was reared by the hands of our fathers. It is our House. It is the constitutional House. We have a right here; and because you come forward and violate theHouse. It is the constitutional House. We have a right here; and because you come forward and violate the ordinances of this House, I do not intend to go out; and, if you persist in the violation of the ordinances of the House, we intend to eject you from the building and retain the possession ourselves. I wonder if this is what caused the artillery companies to be ordered here, and the militia of this city to be organized? I thin do harm. We, standing here, hold the balance of power in our hands; we can resist it at the very threshold effectually; and do it inside of the Union, and in our House. The incoming Administration has not even the power to appoint a postmaster whose salary exceeds one thousand dollars a year, without consultation with and the ac
such Manner, and under such Penalties as each House may provide.section 5. Each House shall be thand the Yeas and Nays of the Members of either House on any question shall, at the Desire of one-fi same; and, for any speech or debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other plathe United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office.No Senator ore shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, whoEvery bi shall return it, with his objections, to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall e after such Reconsideration two-thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sente Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill shall not be returnafter such reconsideration, two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the bill, it shall be sentidered, and, if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a law. But, in all such cases[7 more...]