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Notes on 1820 preamble and resolutions regarding slavery's extension, c1856

B By Mr McNeil, Jan'y 13, 1820. In assembly.

Whereas the inhibiting the further extension of slavery in these United States, is a subject of deep concern among the people of this state: And whereas we consider slavery as an evil much to be deplored, and that every constitutional barrier should be interposed to prevent its further extension; and that the constitution of the United States clearly gives Congress the right to require, of new states, not comprised within the original boundaries of these United States, the prohibition of slavery, as a condition of its admission into the union—therefore,

Resolved, (if the honourable the Senate concur herein), That our Senators and representatives in Congress be instructed to oppose the admission as a state, into the Union, any territory not comprised as aforesaid, without making the prohibition of slavery therein an indispensable condition of its admission; and that they be instructed to declare it, as the opinion of the people of this state, that no evil can result from its inhibition more pernicious than its toleration.

Resolved, therefore, That measures be taken by the Clerk of this house to transmit copies of thes preceding resolutions to each of our Senators and representatives in congress.

Supported by McNeil, Spencer, & Irving, Oakley, King & Camp.

Opposed Root, Passed house, modified, without admission.

Passed In Senate 19th Jan'ry, 1819 without a division.

Sketches of the debates in the House are given in the Argus; but no notice of the proceedings or debates, if any, in the Senate.


Missouri Resolutions


Albany in 1819

19th Jany 1819

Notes prepared under the direction of Smith Thompson Van Buren for MVB, Autobiography.

The preamble and resolution were printed in The Freeman's Journal (Cooperstown, NY), 24 January 1820, p. 2.

Notes on 1820 preamble and resolutions regarding slavery's extension, c1856 (B)Notes on 1820 preamble and resolutions regarding slavery's extension, c1856 (B)
Source: DLC Library of Congress
Collection: MVB Papers (DLC)
Series: Series 3 (17 February 1815-2 December 1821)