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Transcription 384 EXPLANATORY NOTES
SPEECH ON THE RELATIONS OF THE STATES

358.2 "Mr. Davis": Senator Jefferson Davis of Mississippi had
introduced resolutions calling for federal protection of slave
property in the territories up to the point when a territory
became a State and decided for itself whether to permit
slavery or not.
358.10 "speech of the Senator from Georgia": Robert A.
Toombs, Senator from Georgia during 1853-1861, had just
finished speaking on Davis' resolution.
367.12-13 "the Senator from Illinois, in his speech the other
day": Stephen A. Douglas, leader of the Northern Democrats,
was to be nominated for President in June, 1860. His speech on
Davis' resolutions, delivered on May 17, can be found in Con-
gressional Globe, 36th Congress, 1st Session, columns
2151-2156.
367.23 "General Cass": Lewis Cass of Michigan, the Demo-
cratic nominee for President in 1848.
367.24 "letter to Judge Nicholson": In a letter to Alfred O.P.
Nicholson of Tennessee during the 1848 campaign, Cass had
expressed his opposition to the Wilmot Proviso, which forbade
slavery in the territories, and his willingness to leave that issue
to the citizens directly concerned.
367.32 "1760": Misprint for "1850."
368.6 "Mr. Rhett" : Robert Barnwell Rhett (1800-1876), lead-
ing advocate of secession in South Carolina.
368.15 "Kansas and Nebraska Act": See pages 325-326.