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Pamphlet]. The Rhode island Question. Mr. Webster's Argument in the Supreme Court of the United States in the Case of Martin Luther vs. Luther M. Borden and others, January 27th, 1848.

Webster, Daniel

Published by J. and G. S. Gideon., Washington, DC., 1848
From Gadshill (Providence, RI, U.S.A.)

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20 pp. 8vo. Printed paper wraps. Sewn. Bartlett, Biblio. RI, pp. 270-1. Mowry, "The Dorr War," pp.232-56. In 1841-42, there was in Rhode Island considerable agitation for extension of suffrage beyond property holders. Thomas Dorr headed the movement which, without sanction of the authorities, held elections and developed a new constitution. A rebellion ensued and Dorr was arrested and imprisoned for treason. The State of Rhode Island was sued in defense of Dorr and others. Daniel Webster, representing the State, reviewed the arguments for and against the rebels and concludes that the State did have the authority to arrest and imprison them. He finds his authority in the Constitution of the United States, leaving such decisions to the States without review by the Supreme Court. The Court agreed in an important decision and let it stand. Of interest, according to McLoughlin ("RI, A History", p 127), the national reaction to this decision contributed to the force of the rejection of Southern secession at the start of the Civil War. Small chips from eges of paper cover. Slight soiling of covers. Else, Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 9968

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Title: Pamphlet]. The Rhode island Question. Mr. ...

Publisher: J. and G. S. Gideon., Washington, DC.

Publication Date: 1848

Edition: First Edition.

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