A View of the Action of the Federal Government, in Behalf of Slavery by William Jay

A View of the Action of the Federal Government, in Behalf of Slavery

byWilliam Jay

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1839. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... other to the master with "a permit," endorsed on it," authorizing him to proceed to the port of destination." If the master presumes to transport a slave without such permit, not only is the vessel forfeited, but the master is to pay a penalty of $1000 for each slave shipped. On the arrival of the vessel at the port of destination, the manifest, with the permit, is to be handed to the collector, who thereupon is to grant a "permit" for the landing of the slaves, and if any are landed without such permit, the master forfeits one thousand dollars. So it seems Congress may prohibit the slave trade in vessels under forty tons; but according to northern politicians, it would be unconstitutional to prohibit it in vessels over forty tons; and according to the slaveholders, such a prohibition would cause the dissolution of the Union! But alas ! the permission, regulation, and protection of this traffic is in perfect keeping with The Duplicity Of The Federal Government In Regard To The Suppression Of The AfriCan Slave Trade. The great struggle for the abstract principles of human liberty, in which our fathers engaged with so much zeal, had, at the close of the revolutionary war, excited a very general conviction of the injustice of slavery. When the convention appointed to form a Federal Constitution assembled, the northern and many of the southern delegates were disposed to give the new government such unqualified power over the commerce of the nation, as would enable it to abolish a traffic no less at variance with our republican professions than with the precepts of humanity and religion. A portion of the southern delegates however, insisted on a temporary restriction of this power as the price of their adhesion to the Union; and their threat of marring the b...

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Title:A View of the Action of the Federal Government, in Behalf of SlaveryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:44 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:January 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217910068

ISBN - 13:9780217910064

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