Stone Collection: Volume 100 - Item 20
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20. [Nathaniel P.] Tallmadge, Speech of Mr. Tallmadge, of New York, on the Motion of Mr. Calhoun Not to Receive the Petition of the Society of Friends to Abolish Slavery in the District of Columbia, in Senate, February 15, 1836 (N.p., [1836?]). (8 p.)
Speech regarding a motion introduced by Senator John C. Calhoun of South Carolina to refuse to receive a petition calling for the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia. The speaker argues that the right to petition is an “inalienable right of every American citizen” and urges the Senate not to pass Mr. Calhoun’s motion.