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In the Senate, January 18th, 1851, upon Resolutions mtroduced by him
on the subject of Slavery.
Mr. tUndal] said: he desired not to speak on the
present occasion, owing to a severe cold which affected
his voice. But as he had intrpduced a series of resolu-
tions, and no Senator felt disposed, at present, to ocupy
the floor, in the discussion of them, lie would proceed
to address the Senate.
He said : After listening to the able, interesting and
eloquent arguments of the Senator from Trumbull and
Medina, it seemed to him thai the whole subject had
been thoroughly discussed, and that but little was left
lor him to say.
I, (said Nir. R.,) have been highly pleased and some-
what amused, with the speeches of Seuatdrs who view
the fugitive slave law differently from what I do. The
Senator from Belmont, [Mr. Simpson,] the Senator
from Pickaway, [Mr. Geiger,] and the Senator from
• Richland, [Mr. Burns,] have boldly taken ground
Bgaiust the repeal of this law — and have attempted to
»how that there was a necessity for its passage — and
fhat it has accomplished and will Bccomplish great
However much I may differ from those gentlemen in
their views, I will award to them honesty of purpose,
and purity of motives, and will ex|>ett the same treat-
ment from them and those who sympathise with them,
if my views do not coincide with theirs.
These are the only resolutions, involving the subject
of slavery ever introduced by me in either branch of
the Legislature, and 1 will now proceed, briefly lo give
HlBasoiis why I think they are entitled to the senous
conskleratioii of Senators, and ought to pass.
Belbce entering fully upon the discussion of the
que.^tion before the Senate, I will say that for years
there has been no question pending before the Ameri-
can people which has been so much mysti6ed by de-
signing men, and so misunderstood generally, as the
one under consideration. It is whether the general
government is bound to sanction slavery. This is a
question that must be settled — if not peaceably — in
revolution and blood. It will not down at the bidding
of any hunker or union of hunkers.
^ will now take up the resolutions in their order, and
^ve mj" views, briefly, on each.
^' The first regolation reads as follows: "that prior to
the adoption of the federal constitution, each of the
several States comprising this Union, exercised full and
exclusive jurisdiction on the institution of domestic
tlavery, within its territory, and po88esBe4K4Bji power
to continue or abolish it at pleasure." S«^
This resolution declares that prior to the adoption of
the federal const ttition, each State posse^ned lull and
unlimited power over the institution of »l