A few years’ experience will convince us that those things which at the time they happened we regarded as our greatest misfortunes have proved our greatest blessings.
Your dear baby has died innocent and blameless and has been called away by an all wise and merciful Creator most probably from a life to misery and misfortune and most certainly to one of happiness and bliss.
In all our associations in all our agreements let us never lose sight of this fundamental maxim – that all power was originally lodged in and consequently is derived from the people.
Every society all government and every kind of civil compact therefore is or ought to be calculated for the general good and safety of the community.
As much as I value an union of all the states I would not admit the southern states into the union unless they agreed to the discontinuance of this disgraceful trade because it would bring weakness and not strength to the union.