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Dr. Snodgrass And The Maryland Slaveholders

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The niotion Ity Mr. Clngett, kd thoMarymd Honee of Representativo?, cailing on the overnorto order legal proceedings ugninst ie edilorof tho Bnitimoro Visitor, catne up r discussion, January 23. The mover is c om Prince George's country, and a largo 1 laveholdcr. In opening the débale, lic turncd leHoIffor the time, into nu om, by réh'diog vnriousspicy articlcs nguniát avery which Jnve beiii froin time to time iserted in (lio Viiitcr. It nirisi liavc been cry edifyii)"' to the slnvcliulders! Mr. Honk thouht thut action in the matr was caicuiulcd to give the occused too n iucIi imf)ortanc(i,aiidtu enIUt the aui of 'lióse p iendly to aholiliun. He desired to seo ill Cl ich men, wlio utter like fientinients with the lUor, safely lodged in tho penilentiary fojr IT Ie, but thouyht as a matter of policy. he mild not be nonccd bv the Leglslature. Mr. !:c, a slavehokíor, thculi rni?ed in i-nnsylvaiiia, said he would go as far jis my nn to pmtect tlie laws of tlie Statn, but Jj )u!d not favor the rcsolutron upon principies ■policy. jfle ihouht it would be in violan of privilege of tlie [re?s, under the bül te 'riglus, and calculated to do no good,but,on y e cou'.niry, to ogot excitement. j Mr. Clarott,in a zualons rcply, declared P' 08 his opinión thut ,if a fear of excitenicnt na to deter gentlemen standing here as Ihc j r anrl mquest of the Statt, from doing dtity, i wiitf high linie the penplo Bhould kmw thcir isition. As a slaveliolder, he could not 3 ïOt to hold iiis pence while nifn stood with irch and knifo in hand at the very thresiiold our peaceful homes 3iid fireside?. Mr. Bowie oiFered a substituto, directing s ie Attorney General to inquire whethor ar.y i iper in Bnlümoreis violating the lav of 1835, f Ljainst tho ci'culation of incemliary papers, 'hia was carricd, under the previous queslion. r 'he editor of f.heTisitrr takes it like a innn, nd rcjoices in the proof which the slavcholdrs are thus givin of the dendly character of ieir in.stitiUion. sincc it cannot bear the glit of the press. He says: - "The efilct of lliis movemcU on our own ( lind, already, hns been to nerve us for the f tyitlg dnties of our pbstüón. In view of our tity to our feilow men and a spirit of charity o the slavehoklers, as tlial class of them to b'ich we ourseiy 1 ave belonged, as one concinus of the reclit'.ide of our course, we are eterminéd to stroggle on - in hope thal ae hall yot sen Maryland Stand forth among her nshack'ied sisters, pro udly freeó.' As 8oon as the resolutiou wos po.ssed, Dr. . !. sent a bold memorial to the legislaturo. - more extended report of Clagett's speech pppeared in the Ualtimore Argus, nbounding .■illi the most '.infairaliuse and falso charge. )r. S. sent to the same paper a correclion of he elandere, and on being basely refused adiisslon to that pnper, he issued on extra heet, which he spread among commnnity. - Ve vvait with deep interest the result of this ew attempt of the slaveholders to overthrow