Discourse, 25 February 1843, as Reported by Willard Richards

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I have read the Constitution. & find my doubts. removed.— the constitution is not a law. but empowers the people to make laws.— constitution govern the lands of but is not a law for the people. constitution tells what shall not be lawful tender— Constitution section 10 this is not saying gold & silver shall be lawful tender— it only provid[e]s the states may make a law— to make gold and silver— lawful Tender. [p. [219]] the Ligislature have ceded up to us the privilige of enacting laws we stand in the same relation as the state.— This clause is for the Legislature, is not a law— for the people. diametrically contra[r]y to the constitution. this state have passed a stay law. making it lawful <​to​> tender to property. and if we creat[e] no law. we must be govend [governed] by them.— shall we be such fools as to abide their laws. which are unconstitutional? No. we will make a law for Gold & Silver then their law ceases & we can collect our debts.— “Powers not delegated to the states— or reservd fr[o]m the states” is constituti[o]nal, [p. [220]]
congress. or constitution acknowledgd that the people have all power not reserved to itself) <​I am a Lawyer​> I am big Lawyer. & comprehnd heavn earth & hell— to bring forth knowledge which shall cover up all Lawyers & doctors—) this is the doctrine of the constitution so help me God.— the constitution is not Law to us— but provision to make laws, Where it provides that no one shall not be hinderd from worshipping God acording to his own conscenc [conscience] is a law.— No legislatu[r]e can enact a law,— to prohibit constitution provid[e]s to regulate [p. [221]] bodies of men not individuals [p. [222]]