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.
The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole House, on the state of the
commonwealth, Mr. Brackenridge in the chair,, when Mr. John Taylor's
resolutions being still under consideration, Mr. Mercer arose and said, that he felt
Mr. Mercer did not see how such consequences sentiments which the- people in
many parts of the state had expressed, and which had been conveyed to the
legislature in their, memorials and resolutions then lying upon the table. He
Mr. Mercer hoped he did not mistake his remark, for it was a very important one. If
it was true that these great powers, certainly exercised by Congress, were not
vested in that body by express terms, but were derived to them by construction or
Mr. Mercer said, he could not see how its being temporary, would prevent the
same effect from being produced : for, if the power of Congress could pass such a
-law for two years, it might extend to the year 1808. If they possessed the right to ...
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