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"Resolved, that Congress has no power under the Constitution to interfere with, or control the domestic institutions of the several States, and that such States are the sole & proper judges of everything appertaining to their own affairs not prohibited by the Constitution; that all efforts of the abolitionists or others, made to induce Congress to interfere with questions of Slavery, in the several States where it now exists, or to take incipient steps in relation thereto, are calculated to lead to the most alarming and dangerous consequences; and that all such efforts have an inevitable tendency to diminish the happiness of the people, and endanger the stability and [?] of our Union, and ought not to be countenanced by any friend of our political institutions."

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1848 Resolution Regarding Congressional Power Over the Institution of Slavery



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