” But assuming the same premises, to wit, that all men are equal by the law of nature and of nations, the right of property in slaves falls to the ground, for one who is equal to another cannot be the owner or property of that other. “


” But there is a higher law than the Constitution, which regulates our authority over the domain, and devotes it to the same noble purposes. “


” But you answer, that the Constitution recognizes property in slaves. It would be sufficient, then, to reply, that this constitutional recognition must be void, because it is repugnant to the law of nature and of nations. “


” I deem it established, then, that the Constitution does not recognize property in man, but leaves that question, as between the states, to the law of nature and of nations. “


” It is the maintenance of slavery by law in a state, not parallels of latitude, that makes its a southern state, and the absence of this, that makes it a northern state. “


” There is a higher law than the Constitution. “



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But assuming the same premises, to wit, that all men are equal by the law of nature and of nations, the right of property in slaves falls to the ground, for one who is equal to another cannot be the owner or property of that other.
But there is a higher law than the Constitution, which regulates our authority over the domain, and devotes it to the same noble purposes.


But you answer, that the Constitution recognizes property in slaves. It would be sufficient, then, to reply, that this constitutional recognition must be void, because it is repugnant to the law of nature and of nations.
I deem it established, then, that the Constitution does not recognize property in man, but leaves that question, as between the states, to the law of nature and of nations.
It is the maintenance of slavery by law in a state, not parallels of latitude, that makes its a southern state, and the absence of this, that makes it a northern state.
There is a higher law than the Constitution.
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