“Nullifying the Laws,” (Montpelier) Vermont Patriot, November 24, 1860, p. 2: 2.
Transcribed by Don Sailer on June 30, 2011.
NULLIFYING THE LAWS.
”We must ever resist the asserted right of any State to remain in the Union and nullify, or defy the laws thereof” – says the New York Tribune in discussing the right of secession. A new light has dawned upon the Tribune. Wisconsin is in the Union, and yet Wisconsin has nullified laws of the Union and still defies them, and the Tribune has all along supported those acts of nullification. The same may be said of New York; the same of Massachusetts; the same of Vermont. We agree with the Tribune in its present opinions, on this one point: we do not agree with that paper it its other opinion, that, while no State has a right to nullify or defy a law of the union, any State has a right peaceably to withdraw from the Union.
But we would make the most that is possible of the question above from the Tribune, and we commend it to the notice of the Republican majority of the Vermont General Assembly. In a few days we presume, Judge THOMAS will ask the House to repeal the Personal Liberty Statute, so called, - and it is not denied by any body that the statute is in nullifycation and a defiance of a law of the union. Indeed, it was enacted for no other purpose, and the purpose was avowed, and is every day avowed, of nullifying and defying the fugitive slave law. Read once more what GREELEY says – “We must ever resist the asserted right of any State to remain in the Union and nullify, or defy the laws thereof.”