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STATES ON IIS RESOLUTION IN RELATION TO CHEAP OCEAN
POSTAGE, STU MARCH, 1852 .

44-47

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TRIBUTE TO MR RANTOUL. SPEECH IN THE SENATE OF THE

UNITED STATES, ON THE DEATH OF ION. ROBERT RANTOUL,
JR., 9TI AUGUST, 1852

WOR 20JUN 34

62-68

FREEDOM NATIONAL ; SLAVERY SECTIONAL. SPEECII IN TIE

SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES, 26TII AUGUST, 1852, ON

HIS MOTION TO REPEAL THE FUGITIVE SLAVE BILL . 69-171

THE PARTY OF FREEDOM ; ITS NECESSITY AND PRACTICABIL-

ITY. SPEECH AT THE STATE CONVENTION OF THE FREE

SOIL PARTY OF MASSACHUSETTS, HELD AT LOWELL, 16TH
SEPT., 1852

175 - 183

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184-187

AGAINST SECRECY IN THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE SENATE.

SPEECHI IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES, ON TIIE

PROPOSITION TO LIMIT THE SECRET SESSIONS OF THE SENATE,

6TH APRIL, 1853

188-190

TIIE POWERS OF A STATE OVER THE MILITIA. SPEECHES ON

THE MILITIA GENERALLY AND A COLORED MILITIA, IN THE

CONVENTION TO REVISE AND AMEND THE CONSTITUTION OF

MASSACHUSETTS, 21ST AND 220 JUNE, 1853 191 - 202

TUE REPRESENTATIVE SYSTEM AND ITS PROPER BASIS.

SPEECIT

ON THE PROPOSITION TO AMEND THE BASIS OF TIIE HOUSE

OF REPRESENTATIVES OF MASSACHUSETTS, IN the CONVEN-

TION TO REVISE AND AMEND THE CONSTITUTION OF

TILAT

STATE, 7TH JULY, 1853

203 - 232

BILLS OF RIGHTS ; TIIEIR HISTORY AND POLICY. SPEECH ON

TIIE REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE ON THE BILL OF RIGHTS,

IN THE CONVENTION TO REVISE AND AMEND THE CONSTITU.

TION OF MASSACHUSETTS, 25TII JULY, 1853 233 - 241

FINGER-POINT FROM PLYMOUTH ROCK.

SPEECH AT THE PLYM-

OUTII FESTIVAL IN COMMEMORATION OF THE EMBARKATION

OF THE PILGRIMS, Ist August, 1853

242 - 248

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THE DUTIES OF MASSACHUSETTS AT THE PRESENT CRISIS.

SPEECR

BEFORE THE REPUBLICAN STATE CONVENTION AT WORCES-

TER, 7TH SEPTEMBER, 1854

388-411

THE POSITION AND DUTIES OF THE MERCHANT ; ILLUSTRATED

BY THE LIFE OF GRANVILLE SHARP. AN ADDRESS BEFORE

THE MERCANTILE LIBRARY ASSOCIATION OF BOSTON, ON THE

EVENING OF 15TI NOV., 1854

412-449

THE DEMANDS OF FREEDOM REPEAL OF THE FUGITIVE SLAVE

BILL. SPEECH IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES,

AGAINST MR. TOUCEY'S BILL, AND FOR THE REPEAL OF THE

FUGITIVE SLAVE BILL, 230 FEB., 1855 . 450 – 467

WAGES OF SEAMEN IN CASE OF WRECK. SPEECH IN THE SEN-

ATE OF THE UNITED STATES, ON INTRODUCING A BILL TO

SECURE WAGES TO SEAMEN IN CASE OF WRECK, 28TH FEB.,

1855

468 -474

ACCEPTANCE OF THE OFFICE OF SENATOR OF

THE UNITED STATES.

IETTER TO THE LEGISLATURE OF MASSACHUSETTS,

1851.

147H MAY,

Read in the Senate by Hon. Henry Wilson, President, and in the House of Representatives by Hon. N. P. Banks, Speaker.

FELLOW-CITIZENS OF THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF

REPRESENTATIVES :

I HAVE received by the hands of the Secretary of the Commonwealth a certificate, that, by concurrent votes of the two branches of the Legislature, namely, by the Senate, on the 22d day of January, and by the House of Representatives, on the 24th day of April, I was duly elected, in conformity to the provisions of the Constitution and Laws of the United States, a Senator to represent the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in the Senate of the United States, for the term of six years, commencing on the 4th day of March, 1851.

If I were to follow the customary course, I should receive this in silence. But the protracted and unprecedented contest which ended in my election, the

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