American Quarterly Review Volume 13

American Quarterly Review Volume 13.cJr. Robert Walsh
American Quarterly Review Volume 13
Author: Jr. Robert Walsh
Page Count: 244 pages
Published Date: 01 May 2012
Publication Country: Miami Fl, United States
Language: English
Type: PDF
ISBN: 9781231865835
File size: 12 Mb
File Name: American.Quarterly.Review.Volume.13.pdf
Download Link: American Quarterly Review Volume 13

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1833 Excerpt: ...the citizen has no course but to obey. If he refuses obedience, so as to bring himself under the displeasure of his only and lawful sovereign, and within the severe pains and penalties, which, by her high sovereign power, the legislature will not fail to provide in her self-defence, the fault and the folly must be his own." We may look in vain to any of the public documents of the Revolution, for language like this. We question whether in any of the efforts to acquire despotic power, either in ancient or modern times, the conduct and declarations of the usurper could bear any comparison, in an avowed disregard for popular feeling, and a determination to coerce subjection to his will, with this expression of the sovereign pleasure of the rulers of South Carolina. The revolution, we think, was a sufficient demonstration of the collective political character of the people. As they, on that and many other occasions, displayed their unity and power, the convention should have been more cautious in avowing their contempt, and schemes of coercion. The legislature, in fulfilment of the duty enjoined upon them by the ordinance which had become part of the constitution of the state, passed laws, authorizing the issuing, and directing the mode of executing writs of replevin to coerce the officers of the customs to deliver up goods without the payment of the duties. They prohibited the occupation of the prisons of that state for the detention of prisoners under the laws of the United States, and made it a misdemeanor, and prescribed a penalty for any citizen to hire or permit to be used, any place, house, or building, for that purpose. They also authorized the governor to repel by military force, any attempt to resist the execution of the ordinance, or to coerce t...

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