The Virginia Report of 1799-1800, Touching the Alien and Sedition Laws: Together with the Virginia Resolutions of December 21, 1798, the Debate and Proceedings Thereon in the House of Delegates of Virginia, and Several Other Documents Illustrative of the Report and Resolutions
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A collection of important writings that had a profound effect on the debates that led to the Civil War. The Virginia Resolutions were written by James Madison [1751-1836] and adopted by the Virginia legislature in 1798, the Kentucky Resolutions were written by Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826] and adopted by the Kentucky legislature in 1798. Both opposed the Alien and Sedition Acts and initiated a debate about the respective powers of the federal government and states. This edition collects these three works, and adds the texts of the Alien and Sedition acts, comments from other states and relevant extracts from Madison's letters. [vii]-xvi, -264 pp.
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The Republicans looked on in trusting faith that it would result in giving to France
institutions modelled after our own, calculated to insure rational freedom, but
affording no encouragement to licentiousness. The Federalists were less
Genet's recall, — his successor being a man of more moderation, — had the
effect to restore those cordial -feelings for France to which the former's
indefensible conduct had given a shock. Meanwhile our commerce was suffering
much from ...
Mr. Mercer believed, if it had not been for the unfortunate difference between
America and France, there would have been few voices ready to approve of
several of the late acts of the general government. That difference had been
made the ...
Independent of the absurdity of the principle, namely, the making a general law to
suit a particular case, the gentleman was most egregiously mistaken in point of
fact ; for Talleyrand was minister for foreign affairs for France, and in France at ...
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