Article Title

Court and Constitution

Authors

Newspaper Title

Albany Evening Journal

Publication Date

3-10-1857

Publication Place

Albany,New York

Event Topic

Dred Scott

Political Party

Republican

Region

free state

Quote

Judge Taney requests the American people to believe that the framers of the Constitution did not know their own minds.

Document Type

Article (Journal or Newsletter)

Full Text Transcription

Judge Taney requests the American people to believe that the framers of the Constitution did not know their own minds. For the same Statesmen who drew up the Constitution, (which he says forbids Congress to prohibit Slavery in the Territories,) adopted the Ordinance of '87, which prohibited it in all the Territories we then had. The Ordinance was passed in July, 1787 -- the Constitution was framed in September of the same year. The same States and the same men ratified both. And one of the first acts of the first Congress under the Constitution was to reaffirm the Ordinance, and to again prohibit Slavery! Which are the best interpreters of the Constitution, the opinions of Mr. Chief Justice Taney, or the ACTS of Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton, Monroe, Adams, and Washington? They created the Constitution, and the Constitution created Chief Justice Taney -- the clay which now affects to despise the skill of the Potter.

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Entered by Lloyd Benson.

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nyajds570310a

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Court and Constitution

Judge Taney requests the American people to believe that the framers of the Constitution did not know their own minds.