But we hold, nevertheless, no arbitrary power over it. I mean to say that Congress can hereafter decide whether any states, slave or free, can be framed out of Texas. As quoted in Team of Rivals (2006), by Doris Kearns Goodwin (New York: Simon and Schuster), p. 163. I mean to say that Congress can hereafter decide whether any states, slave or free, can be framed out of Texas. Political; Happiness; Security; It is the maintenance of slavery by law in a state, not parallels of latitude, that makes its a southern state; and the absence of this, that makes it a northern state. The United States are a political state, or organized society, whose end is government, for the security, welfare, and happiness of all who live under its protection. “ We show our sympathy with slavery by emancipating slaves where we cannot reach them, and holding them in bondage where we can set them free. I know, and all the world knows, that revolutions never go backward. We are his stewards, and must so discharge our trust as to secure in the highest attainable degree their happiness. The proposition of an established classification of states as slave states and free states, as insisted on by some, and into northern and southern, as maintained by others, seems to me purely imaginary, and of course the supposed equilibrium of those classes a mere conceit. We're on a mission of turning inspiring quotes into beautiful wallpapers. Quotes by William H. Seward (1801 - 1872). There is a higher law than the Constitution. Also known as "I know and all the world knows, that..." Share with your friends. — William H. Seward in law quotes. The two systems slave and free-labor are incompatible. The two systems slave and free-labor are incompatible. He is the most gentle-looking and amiable of men. I deem it established, then, that the Constitution does not recognize property in man, but leaves that question, as between the states, to the law of nature and of nations. Simultaneously with the establishment of the Constitution, Virginia ceded to the United States her domain, which then extended to the Mississippi, and was even claimed to extend to the Pacific Ocean. But you answer, that the Constitution recognizes property in slaves. I mean to say that Congress can hereafter decide whether any states, slave or free, can be framed out of Texas. The United States are a political state, or organized society, whose end is government, for the security, welfare, and happiness of all who live under its protection. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. 10 sourced quotes. "Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers" by Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, (p. 142), 1895. The right to have a slave implies the right in some one to make the slave; that right must be equal and mutual, and this would resolve society into a state of perpetual war. William Henry Seward was United States Secretary of State from 1861 to 1869, and earlier served as governor of New York and United States Senator. There is not only no free state which would now establish it, but there is no slave state, which, if it had had the free alternative as we now have, would have founded slavery. There is not only no free state which would now establish it, but there is no slave state, which, if it had had the free alternative as we now have, would have founded slavery. But the Constitution was made not only for southern and northern states, but for states neither northern nor southern, namely, the western states, their coming in being foreseen and provided for. There is not only no free state which would now establish it, but there is no slave state, which, if it had had the free alternative as we now have, would have founded slavery. William Henry Seward (May 16, 1801 – October 10, 1872) was United States Secretary of State from 1861 to 1869, and earlier served as Governor of New York and United States Senator. We show our sympathy with slavery by emancipating slaves where we cannot reach them, and holding them in bondage where we can set them free. I deem it established, then, that the Constitution does not recognize property in man, but leaves that question, as between the states, to the law of nature and of nations. There is not only no free state which would now establish it, but there is no slave state, which, if it had had the free alternative as we now have, would have founded slavery. For this purpose it must be somebody's business to pursue and direct it incessantly. Whatever policy we adopt, there must be an energetic prosecution of it. They have never permanently existed together in one country, and they never can.”, “We show our sympathy with slavery by emancipating slaves where we cannot reach them, and holding them in bondage where we can set them free.”, “The whole hope of human progress is suspended on the ever-growing influence of the Bible.”, “But there is a higher law than the Constitution, which regulates our authority over the domain, and devotes it to the same noble purposes.”, “But assuming the same premises, to wit, that all men are equal by the law of nature and of nations, the right of property in slaves falls to the ground; for one who is equal to another cannot be the owner or property of that other.”, “I know and all the world knows, that revolutions never go backwards.”, “There is no social life outside of Christendom.”, “Sir, there is no Christian nation, thus free to choose as we are, which would establish slavery.”, “The circumstances of the world are so variable that an irrevocable purpose or opinion is almost synonymous with a foolish one.”, “There is a higher law than the Constitution.”, “The right to have a slave implies the right in some one to make the slave; that right must be equal and mutual, and this would resolve society into a state of perpetual war.”, “I have learned, by some experience, that virtue and patriotism, vice and selfishness, are found in all parties, and that they differ less in their motives than in the policies they pursue.”, “It is the maintenance of slavery by law in a state, not parallels of latitude, that makes its a southern state; and the absence of this, that makes it a northern state.”, “It would be contrary to the spirit of the American Government to use force to subjugate the South.”, “There is not only no free state which would now establish it, but there is no slave state, which, if it had had the free alternative as we now have, would have founded slavery.”, “I speak on due consideration because Britain, France, and Mexico, have abolished slavery, and all other European states are preparing to abolish it as speedily as they can.”, “Therefore, states are equal in natural rights.”, “Whatever policy we adopt, there must be an energetic prosecution of it.