Excerpt from Speech of T. L. Clingman, of North Carolina, in Defence of the South Against the Aggressive Movement of the North: Delivered in the House of Representatives, January 22, 1850
If gentlemen mean that the Union, upon the principles of the Constitution, is desirable, I will not controvert that opinion. But the Union never could have been formed without the written Constitution. So, if you now, by your action, practi cally destroy the Constitution, those injured, if able to resist, will not submit. That instrument was ordained, in its own language, to establish justice, insure_ domestic tranquillity, and secure the blessings 'of liberty to all parties to it - namely, the freemen of the Union. If, therefore, under its form, gross, injustice is done, insur rections excited, and the citizens of part of the States politically enslaved, then the Union ought not to stand, as an instrument of wrong and oppression.
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