Slavery in the War — Emancipation.
Patrick Henry on Federal power over Slavery
John Quincy Adams
Joshua R. Giddings
Gen. T. W. Sherman
his report revised by President Lincoln
Seward to McClellost earnest advocates of the prohibition.
Hence, when the State Conventions were assembled to ratify or reject it, with such eminent Revolutionary patriots as Patrick Henry, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, George Clinton, and Luther Martin, leading in the opposition, the clauses affecting Slavery were vigilantly, and not unsuccessfulls the majority in no State obtained exactly what they wanted, but were satisfied that, on the whole, they were better with the Constitution than without it.
Patrick Henry alone, in opposing ratification, assailed the Constitution as a measure of thorough, undisguised, all-absorbing consolidation, and, though himself a professed