House of Representatives acts to empower the Governor to take steps to insure that citizens of the state who are charged in slave states as being runaway slaves, be given defense. The long action sites laws from slave states, and instances when Mass. Citizens have been retained. The report says, that “if this injustice were inflicted on our citizens by a foreign people, Massachusetts would be shaken from the center to the circumference. And must she quietly endure it all, merely because it chances to be done by her own sister states? Should she not, will she not, at least, lift up her voice against it. And will she not, also, do what she may to protect and preserve, the personal liberty of her citizens, however humble, even, may be the condition, of these citizens?…….”
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