“Law and Public Opinion,” New York Times, April 30, 1859, p. 5: 1.
New York Times
Law and Public Opinion
Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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LAW AND PUBLIC OPINION. – The Southern journals are just beginning to realize the difficulty of enforcing a law which is directly contrary to the sentiment of the community in which it is to be executed. They have all along insisted upon enforcing the Fugitive Slave law in Northern States, and imposing Slavery upon the Territories without regard to the will of their inhabitants. They now find, however, that they can carry on the Slave-trade and rely upon their own juries for impunity; they are quite reconciled, therefore, to the embarrassments they labor under in the other matters. Interest weights more than argument in practical affairs.