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June 15, 2010

The solemn Declaration and Protest of the commonwealth of Virginia

“Whilst the General assembly thus declares the rights retained by the states, rights which they have never yielded, and which this state will never voluntarily yield,

they do not mean to raise the banner of disaffection, or of separation from their sister-states, co-parties with themselves to this compact. They know and value too highly the blessings of their union as to foreign nations and questions arising among themselves, to consider every infraction as to be met by actual resistance; they respect too affectionately the opinions of those possessing the same rights under the same instrument, to make every difference of construction a ground of immediate rupture. They would indeed consider such a rupture as among the greatest calamities which could befall them; but not the greatest. There is yet one greater, submission to a government of unlimited powers. -- via Thomas Jefferson 1825 - TO WILLIAM SHORT - The Works, vol. 12 (Correspondence and Papers 1816-1826)

Posted by Vanderleun at June 15, 2010 12:21 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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