Letters of the Hon. C.F. Cleveland, and Hon. Henry Hubbard: Governors of Connecticut and New Hampshire, to Samuel Ward King, the Charter Governor of Rhode Island, Refusing to Deliver Up Thomas Wilson Dorr, ...

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Printed and published at the Wampanoag Office, by Thomas Almy, 1842 - 17 páginas
 

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Página 11 - States, who in a recent case expressly holds that " any contract that rests upon such a basis is void;" and, Whereas, The third clause of the second section of the fourth article of the Constitution of the United States...
Página 9 - ... that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundations on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.
Página 17 - That Kansas should be immediately admitted as a State of the Union, with her present free Constitution, as at once the most effectual way of securing to her citizens the enjoyment of the rights and privileges to which they are entitled, and of ending the civil strife now raging in her territory. " Resolved, That the highwayman's plea, that • might makes right...
Página 9 - The basis of our political system, is the right of the people to make and alter their constitutions of government. But, the Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all.
Página 10 - ... distinct from the government set up). And, if so, that a people may erect and establish what form of government seems to them most meet for their civil condition; it is evident that such governments as are by them erected and established have no more power, nor for no longer time, than the civil power or people consenting and agreeing shall betrust them with. This is clear not only in reason but in the experience of all commonweals, where the people are not deprived of their natural freedom by...
Página 11 - ... judge in his own cause; or a law that takes property from A, and gives it to B, is contrary to the great first principles of the social compact, and cannot be considered as a rightful exercise of legislaiive authority.
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Página 17 - I regret that it will not be in my power to be present at the meeting and to see our dear friend once more.
Página 9 - In perfect accordance with this right of freemen, the people of Rhode Island in 1790 adopted a bill of rights in which she declares "that all power is vested in and derived from the people," and "the power of government may be re-assumed by the people whenever it shall be necessary to their happiness.
Página 17 - ... the Democrats and friends of free suffrage' of Rhode Island, at their 'Mass Clam Bake', on the 30th instant.

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