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" My political curiosity, exclusive of my anxious solicitude for the public welfare, leads me to ask, who authorized them to speak the language of, " We, the People," instead of We, the States? States are the characteristics, and the soul of a confederation.... "
Proceedings of the ... Annual Meeting of the Alabama State Bar Association - Page 80
by Alabama State Bar Association - 1903
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ARE WE A NATION: ADRESS OF HON. CHARLES SUMNER

1867
...government is demonstrably clear. * * Give me leave to demand what right had they to say, We, the people ? Who authorized them to speak the language of We, the people, instead of We, the States ? If the States are not the agents of the compact, it must be one great consolidated government of...
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A Constitutional View of the Late War Between the States: Its ..., Volume 1

Alexander Hamilton Stephens - Constitutional history - 1868 - 862 pages
...those gentlemen; but, sir, give me laave to demand, What right had they to say, ' We, tJie people f My political curiosity, exclusive of my anxious solicitude...?' States are the characteristics and the soul of a Confederation ! If the States be not the agents of this Compact, it must be one great, consolidated,...
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A Constitutional View of the Late War Between the States: Its Causes ...

Alexander Hamilton Stephens - Constitutional history - 1868 - 862 pages
...those gentlemen; but, sir, give me leave to demand, What right had they to say, ' We, the people ?' My political curiosity, exclusive of my anxious solicitude...ask, who authorized them to speak the language of, 1 We, the people,' instead of, ' We, the States ?' States are the characteristics and the soul of a...
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The Works of Charles Sumner, Volume 7

Charles Sumner - Slavery - 1873
...gentlemen ; but, Sir, give me leave to demand, What right had they to say, ' We, the people1? .... Who authorized them to speak the language of ' We, the people,' instead of ' We, the States '?"1 And again, at another stage of the debate, the same patriotic opponent of the Constitution declared...
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The Law Magazine and Law Review: Or, Quarterly Journal of ..., Volume 16

Law - 1864
...ordained and established by the people themselves."! " Who authorised them," cried Patrick Henry, " to speak the language of ' we, the people,' instead...we, the States ? States are the characteristics and source of a confederation. If the States are not the agents of the compact, it must be one great consolidated...
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THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION; 178 HISTORY, POWERS, AND MODES OF PROCEEDING

JOHN ALEXANDER JAMESON - 1867
...for those gentlemen; but, sir, give me leave to demand, what right they had to say, We the people ? My political curiosity, exclusive of my anxious solicitude...States ? States are the characteristics and the soul of a confederation. If the States be not the agents of this compact, it must be one great consolidated...
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COMMENTARIES ON THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES

JOSEPH STORY, LL.D. - 1873
...Henry said, " That this is a consolidated government is demonstrably clear." " The language [is] * We, the people/ instead of ' We, the States.' States are the characteristics and soul of a confederation. If the States be not the agents of this compact, it must be one great consolidated...
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The Four Civilizations of the World: An Historical Retrospect

Henry Wikoff - Civilization - 1875 - 416 pages
...against this innovation. " Who authorized them, the Members of the Federal Convention," he demanded, " to speak the language of, * We, the people,' instead of ' We, the States ' ? If the States be not the agents of this compact, it must be one great consolidated national government...
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The Works of Charles Sumner, Volume 12

Charles Sumner - Slavery - 1877
...is demonstrably clear Give me leave to demand, What right had they to say, We, the people ? . . . . Who authorized them to speak the language of We, the people, instead of We, the States? . ... If the States be not the agents of this compact, it must be one great consolidated National government...
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Our Political Parties ...

Benjamin Franklin Tefft - Campaign literature - 1880 - 84 pages
...those gentlemen ; but, sir, give me leave to demand, what right had they to say, ' we the people ' ? My political curiosity, exclusive of my anxious solicitude...States' ? States are the characteristics and the soul of a confederation. If the States be not the agents of this compact, it must be one great consolidated...
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