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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... or to aid or encourage hostile designs of foreign nations. 2. Grade of offence : A
misdemeanour. 3. Punishment : Fine not exceeding $2000, and imprisonment
not exceeding two years. Section III. Allows accused to give in evidence the truth
examine their influence upon the public happiness, without being subject to the
imputation of an undue attachment to a foreign power. He rejoiced in knowing,
that as long as the charge had existed, and as often as it had been repeated, not
Mr. Mercer rejoiced in believing it could not be supported by any argument drawn
from the powers of Congress over foreign relations ; for none were more
expressly delegated than these ; he begged leave again to refer to that
It was asked by the gentleman from Prince George, by what authority did
Congress exercise control over foreign' intercourse, if it was not by implication? -
Mr. Barbour answered, that the power was granted, he thought, by the third
clause of the ...
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