Speech of John Hossack, Convicted of a Violation of the Fugitive Slave Law

Before Judge Drummond, of the United States District Court, Chicago, Ill.

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Author: John Hossack
Published: 1860
Language: English
Wordcount: 5,213 / 21 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66.3
LoC Category: KDZ
Downloads: 280
Added to site: 2006.07.02
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Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Non-fiction
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will pardon me, (if I need pardon,) but I cannot, for the life of me, see what there is in robbing a man of his inalienable rights and enslaving him for life, that should entitle it to the special and peculiar protection of national law.

I am aware, Sir, that I shall be reminded that judges, marshals, attorneys, and many citizens, regard this law as Constitutional, and stand ready to execute it, though it trample every principle of the Declaration of Independence in the dust. Sir, no law can be enacted so bad but that it will find men deluded or base enough to execute it. The law of Egypt that consigned the new-born babe to the slaughter found tools for its execution. The bloody decree of Herod found men ready to obey the law of the country, though it commanded the slaughter of the innocents of a province, Sir, tell me not of men ready and willing to execute the law! My Redeemer, whose name I am hardly worthy to speak, and yet whose name is all my trust, although he knew no sin, yet he was crucified b

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