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" When they remind us of their constitutional rights, I acknowledge them, not grudgingly, but fully and fairly; and I would give them any legislation for the reclaiming of their fugitives, -which should not, in its stringency, be more likely to carry a... "
Political Debates Between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen A. Douglas ... - Page 47
by Abraham Lincoln - 1860 - 268 pages
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The Voice of Lincoln

Reuben M. Wanamaker - 1918 - 363 pages
...one man from holding them." On the fifth proposition, Mr. Lincoln said: "When they remind us of then1 constitutional rights, I acknowledge them, not grudgingly,...which, should not, in its stringency, be more likely to carry a free man into slavery, than our ordinary criminal laws are to hang an innocent one. ......
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Selections from the Works of Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln - United States - 1921 - 262 pages
...whether well or ill founded, cannot be safely disregarded. We cannot make them equals. It does seem to me that systems of gradual emancipation might be...South. When they remind us of their constitutional rights,2 I ac1 On May 5, 1821, territory was secured in Liberia for colonization and a colony soon...
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The Debater's Guide

John Henry Arnold - Debates and debating - 1923 - 315 pages
...whether well or ill founded, cannot be safely disregarded. We cannot make them equals. It does seem to me that systems of gradual emancipation might be...which should not in its stringency be more likely to carry a free man into slavery than our ordinary criminal laws are to hang an innocent one. "But...
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The Magazine of History, with Notes and Queries: Extra number, Issues 101-104

History - 1924
...equals, but suggesting that gradual systems of emancipation might be adopted by the states, he added: "but for their tardiness in this, I will not undertake to judge our brethren of the South. But all this to my judgment furnishes no more excuse for permitting slavery to go in to our free territory...
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Abraham Lincoln, a Documentary Portrait Through His Speeches and Writings

Abraham Lincoln, Don Edward Fehrenbacher - History - 1977 - 288 pages
...well or ill-founded, can not be safely disregarded. We can not, then, make them equals. It does seem to me that systems of gradual emancipation might be...which should not, in its stringency, be more likely to carry a free man into slavery, than our ordinary criminal laws are to hang an innocent one. But...
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The Imperiled Union: Essays on the Background of the Civil War

Kenneth M. Stampp - History - 1981 - 320 pages
...problem they faced. He wished that they would adopt programs of gradual emancipation but added that "for their tardiness in this, I will not undertake to judge our brethren of the South." However, he insisted that the South's predicament provided "no more excuse for permitting slavery to...
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Speeches and Writings 1832-1858: Speeches, Letters, and Miscellaneous ...

Abraham Lincoln - Illinois - 1989 - 898 pages
...well or ill-founded, can not be safely disregarded. We can not, then, make them equals. It does seem to me that systems of gradual emancipation might be...which should not, in its stringency, be more likely to carry a free man into slavery, than our ordinary criminal laws are to hang an innocent one. But...
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The Complete Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858

Abraham Lincoln, Stephen A. Douglas - History - 1991 - 423 pages
...well or ill-founded, can not be safely disregarded. We can not, then, make them equals. It does seem to me that systems of gradual emancipation might be...which should not, in its stringency, be more likely to carry a free man into slavery, than our ordinary criminal laws are to hang an innocent one. But...
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The Shaping of American Liberalism: The Debates Over Ratification ...

David F. Ericson - History - 1993 - 238 pages
...implicitly blame the Southern states for not acting in that manner. He closes the paragraph by suggesting that "systems of gradual emancipation might be adopted;...not undertake to judge our brethren of the South" (see Johannsen, pp. 51-52 [Lincoln]). For Lincoln, the South's predicament is not exactly Jefferson's...
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Constitutionalism, Identity, Difference, and Legitimacy: Theoretical ...

Michel Rosenfeld - Law - 1994 - 434 pages
...not be safely disregarded. We can not, then, make them equals.73 Lincoln concluded, "[I]t does seem to me that systems of gradual emancipation might be...I will not undertake to judge our brethren of the south."74 In effect, such Southern "brethren" might not unreasonably (or, for Lincoln, not blamably)...
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