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45 ble, expense, ami listzard of a Convention, we may <}ipn en fer up-on slic liiglii^ IK p'irti>iit and p'riloiis experinieitt. But unless* ^ve do hilior under Mime ereat pi-iictical inconvmicnce'i, and tliPi-f i^ a moi-al ctrtaintj' of e;»iniiig in portant !)d\Rnt»ei>s, llie prudent and safe Course sci ms to be, »« pi'i-niir Miiners to remain as tliov are. By way oi' reniovint; !he jippi clK'nsions \^ hicti an unlimited Con-ventinii is well calculat<d to exrito. we are iol(l,tli;it*lr't body. >.Uien assembled, vxill be restricted to tlic ron-iidi-iation of tlie ndopfion or I'rjection of the articles ns-.^iioscd by the lesolution^. Sir, I am disposed todonl)tthe validity of any restrictions wliich tlii-- Lt'sis- Jatin e can imp(tse. The delegates in Conventiiiii will repi'esent ilie people in their soverei_a;n capacity, and der've their authoiiiy fioni tlieni, not us. The Leajislatui e itsrir is 'lie cr-eatiire of the people. Can the crcatni'c controi t!ie rieatni- ? This w^mld lie in-verting the laws of iiainre. Should the pople inipuse resti'ictions upon their delegates, they ou.a;!it, in the nature of tliiiijrs. to be binding, and would be so res;nide<l. But we have no security that: they will obey any ns'ricuotis which we m ly recommend — f will not saj im[iose. To pass the ie«oiniioiis thei-efKre, may If, tft create a bod\, bavioi; power to do any tliinir. not pliysiially itn-pos- iible, and to render insecure the wiicle nf our existine; institu-tions. WIh-h there is a probubility of thi^. <•:<! the mannei in which the delegates are prdjiostd to be rlec'ed is such (hat the West will have ai> overpowering inflnence, c.sn tin- East and Cape-Fear hesitate for a moment to n jert them ? In this body, which has a-semblcd fir the ordinary puip' sen of Jcgislntion (Mil'i, each S( ction of the Stiie is so re[»iesen!ed as io possess in Some measure, the means of self proiection—neitlieethe E;iS% West nor Cape-Fear can do anything within themselvps. But if we sanction tiie lesolutions, a bndy will be coipened fol* purposes vitally interesiing— to make laws for future L<'gislKiures themselves, in which the West will be more strongly rcpivseni^d than the East and Cape-Feai' combined, and may secore •<> her-self whatever portion of political power she may think proper. If we ever consent to a Convention to be thus composed, I trust we will not do so when these is so much cistse for excitement as at present. Now, not only theqoestion of Convention for an ai-teration oi' (be Constitution, but also lor the removal of the Seat of Go< crnment, agitates the jjublic mind. We saw the excitement to wliich the discussion of the Appiopriatiou bill gave rise the other day, and we see the feeling v.liich ihis subject is likely to occasion. Pass the resolutions, and that feeling wnd excitement will he rous-ed in a tenfold degree tliroughoui the State. The coiir 'uoiiv will be convulsed from one extri-miiy i lihe ohet. In the idst i^f 'hi« taimilt and confusion, (he elections will come on ; and those can-.
ble, expense, ami listzard of a Convention, we may <}ipn en fer up-on
slic liiglii^ IK p'irti>iit and p'riloiis experinieitt. But unless* ^ve
do hilior under Mime ereat pi-iictical inconvmicnce'i, and tliPi-f i^ a
moi-al ctrtaintj' of e;»iniiig in portant !)d\Rnt»ei>s, llie prudent
and safe Course sci ms to be, »« pi'i-niir Miiners to remain as tliov are.
By way oi' reniovint; !he jippi clK'nsions \^ hicti an unlimited Con-ventinii
is well calculat