We are laying the foundations of a government, which we hope may outlast the Pyramids.
This Republic was called into being, organized, and is upheld, by a great political doctrine.
The winged words uttered in this House have gone forth to the world, on their mission of good or of evil.
Men of New England, I hold you to the doctrines of liberty which ye inherit from your Puritan forefathers.
The right of petition is an old undoubted household right of the blood of England, which runs in our veins.
Men of Virginia, countrymen of Washington, of Patrick Henry, of Jefferson, and of Madison, will ye be true to your constitutional faith?
These our great natural rights we keep to ourselves; we will not have them tampered with; respecting them we give to you no commission whatsoever.
Here, again, as I conceive, gentlemen forget that this government is a republican one, resting exclusively in the intelligence and virtue of the People.
Entertaining these opinions of the course to be pursued, I beg of gentlemen to look at the question, as I have done, in a calm review of facts and of principles.
I declare and protest in advance, that I do not intend, at this time at least; to be drawn or driven into the question of slavery, in either of its subdivisions or forms.