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The Bulwark Of Liberty

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The late Mr. Fessenden was one of the ablest and strongest men of the Republican party in its earlier and better days. In the groat debate in the Senate upon John Sherman's amendnient to the army bill of 1850, providing that no part of the army should be used to en f orce the enactments of the Border Euftian Legislatura in Kansas until Congress had passed upon their validity, Mr. Fessenden declared with his wonted force the principie which should govern the iiuestion. "Does not the gentleman from Virginia know well," said he, "that in English parliament from the earliest times, not only have appropriation and revenue bilis gone togetlier, but in cases without number it lias been the habit of that parliament to check the power of the Crown by annexing conditions to their appropriation ol' money ? Does he not know that the only mode in which our ancestors of Massachusetts cheeked the power of their royal governors was by grantiny money only on amditíomt The power of supply and the power of annexing conditions to supply have always gone together in parliamentary history ; and their joint exercise has never been denouneed as a cause of revolution, or calling for revolution, or tending to produce revolution in any shape or form whatever. Itisapower essential to the presercaUon of our libeitieti." This is as true in 1870 as it was in 1866. The principie which Mr. Fessenden so powerfully expressed is the principie to which Congress ought to adhere without flinching. The power of the peoples' representatives to annex conditions to appropriations is an indispensable bulwark of liberty.- N. Y. Sun.


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