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Joint Resolution of Georgia General Assembly Relative to Nebraska Bill (Feb. 20, 1854)

Joint Resolution of the Georgia General Assembly

Feb. 20, 1854


(No. 9.)

The State of Georgia, in solemn convention, having firmly fixed herself upon the principles of the compromise measures of 1850, relating to the subject of slavery in the Territories of the United States, as a final settlement of the agitation of that question, its withdrawal from the halls of Congress, and the political arena, and its reference to the people of the Territories interested therein; and distinctly recognizing in those compromise measures the doctrine that is is not competent for Congress to impose any restrictions, as to the existance [sic] of slavery among them upon the citizens moving into and settling upon the Territories of the Union, acquired or to be hereafter acquired; but that the question whether slavery shall or shall not form a part of their domestic institutions, is for them alone to determine for themselves; and her present Execvtive [sic] having reiterated and affirmed the same fixed policy in his inaugural address.

Be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia in General Assembly met, That the Legislature of Georgia, as the representatives of the people, speaking their will, and expressing their feelings, have had their confidence strengthened in the settled determination of the great body of the northern people, to carry out in good faith those principles, in the practical application of them to the bills reported by Mr. Douglas from the Committee on Territories in the United States Senate at the present session proposing the organization of a Territorial government for the Territory of Nebraska.

And be it further Resolved, That our Senators in Congress, be and there are hereby instructed, and our Representatives requested, to vote for and support those principles, and to use all proper means in their power, for carrying them out, either as applied to the government of the Territory of Nebraska, or in any other bill for Territorial government which may come before them.

Resolved further, That his Excellency the Governor be requested to transmit a copy of these resolutions to each of our Senators and Representatives in Congress.

Approved, February 20th, 1854.

Ga. Laws 1854, p. 590.