Truth and mercy require the exertion - never the suppression, of man's noble rights and powers.
I do not object to the construction of rail roads and canals.
I need say no more, to prove that slavery is entirely unlike the servitude in the patriarchal families.
Let the poor man count as his enemy, and his worst enemy, every invader of the right of free discussion.
When a good man lends himself to the advocacy of slavery, he must, at least for a time, feel himself to be any where but at home, amongst his new thoughts, doctrines, and modes of reasoning.
We must continue to judge of slavery by what it is, and not by what you tell us it will, or may be.
I do not subscribe to the doctrine that the people are the slaves and property of their government. I believe that government is for the use of the people, and not the people for the use of the government.
I trust, that your readers will not construe my words to mean, that I would not have gone to a 3 o'clock in the morning session, for the sake of defeating the Nebraska bill.
I am a plain man, and I care and know comparatively little about rhetoric.
My rights all spring front an infinitely nobler source - from favor and grace of God.
Our concern, however, is with slavery as it is, and not with any theory of it.
To no human charter am I indebted for my rights.
True, permanent peace can never be restored, until slavery, the occasion of the war, has ceased.
It is not to be disguised, that a war has broken out between the North and the South. - Political and commercial men are industriously striving to restore peace: but the peace, which they would effect, is superficial, false, and temporary.
As this is the first time I have had the floor, it may be well for me now to confess, that I am in the habit of freely imputing errors to my fellow-men.
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