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Selections from the Letters and Speeches of the Hon. James H. Hammond, of South Carolina >> Speech on the Admission of Kansas, Under the Lecompton Constitution, Delivered in the Senate of the United States, March 4, 1858 >> Page 301

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Speech | The Reprint Company; John F. Trow & Co. | 1866, 1978
Transcription SPEE CII
ON THE ADMISSION OF KANSAS, UNDER THE LECOMPTON CONSTITUTION. DELIVERED IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES, MARCH 4, 1858.
THE Senate, as in Committee of the Whole, having
under consideration the bill for the admission of the
State of Kansas in the Union Mr. HAMMOND said :
Mr. President: In the debate which occurred in
the early part of the last month, I understood the
Senator from Illinois (Mr. Douglas) to say that the
question of the reception of the Lecompton Constitu-
tion was narrowed down to a single point. That point
was, whether that constitution embodied the will of
the people of Kansas. Am I correct ?
Mr. Douglas. The Senator is correct, with this
qualification : I could waive the irregularity and agree
to the reception of Kansas into the Union under the
Lecompton Constitution, provided I was satisfied that
it was the act and deed of that people, and embodied
their will. There are other objections ; but the others
I cculd overcome, if this point were disposed of.
Mr. Hammond. I so understood the Senator. I
understood that if he could be satisfied that this Con-
stitution embodied the will of the people of Kansas,