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J. R. GIDDINGS.
ing the appropriation of the last congress, and $1,000,000 of bon/l
hypothceated by Gen. Hamilton. This, upon an average, is aboti'
eleven hundred and sixty dollars to each voter at the late election. It
is a very reasonable conclusion then, that the people of Texas are
anxious to form a new connection in business, especially if the pro.
posed partner has some money or credit.
" By Art IV. Sect. 2, of the Constitution, fugitives from justice
are to be delivered up on demand, to the state from which they fled ;
so that Texas, if annexed to the United States, would be left without
a corporal's guard '"- Tocsin of Liberty.
JOSHUA R. GIDDINGS.
Our constituents are asked to engage in a war with one of the most
powerful nations of the earth, in order to enable the slave-dealers of
the south to carry their slaves out of the territory and jurisdiction of
the slave states under the flag of our common country. They insist
upon the privilege of involving our constituents, the free people of
Ohio, in the disgrace and expense of maintaining what Mr. Jeffer-
son calls "' an execrable commerce in human beings." Against these
abuses our constituents have remonstrated. Conscious that they are
unconstitutional infringments of their rights, they have year after
year sent their petitions here, praying in the most respectful manner
that they may be relieved fiom these oppressions and from such un-
constitutional taxation. They have approached congress in the most
respectful manner, and in the most unexceptionable language have
asked that these abuses may cease. These petitions have been treated
with contempt and tllhe most insulting epithets applied to the people
who have thus dared to approach their servants. When petitioning
for the protection of their constitutional rights, they have been falsely
represented as attempting to invade the rights of others. When they
have asked relief from taxation for the support of slavery, they have
been represented as attempting to interfere with the vested rights of
otlers. When they have asked congress to repeal the laws of their
own enacting, they have been held up to the country and the world,
as seeking for unconstitutional objects which congress had no power
to grant.-Letter to the Members of Congress, March 5, 1842.
Resolutions offered by Mr. Giddings, for which he was censured by
a majority of the house.
Resolved, That slavery, being an abridgement of the natural rights
of man, can exist only by force of positive municipal law, and is ne.
cessaiily confined to the territorial jurisdiction of the power creat-
Resolved, That when the brig Creole, on her late passage for New-
Orleans, left the territorial jurisdiction of Virginia, the slave laws of
that state ceased to have jurisdiction over the persons on board said
brig, and such persons became amenable only to the laws of the
Resolved, That all attempts to exert our national influence in fa
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