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Senate Journal 1836 (30-318513-P250B.pdf)

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exemption from human infirmity. But errors we have made will doubtful be discovered by the public and corrected by our successors. We have differed on many subjects; we have labored to convince each other, and we have mutually listened , I doubt not, with minds open to conviction. On severally any subject have we been perfectly united in sentiment. Such is the varied constitution of human nature, that when men think for themselves they rarely come to precisely the same conclusions by the same process of reasoning. But our differences of opinion, I am happy to say, have been friendly - no political or personal asperities have seriously disturbed our harmony, and I flatter myself that this community of good feeling will be crowned by the adoption of one Resolution in which we shall we shall be unanimous. Sir, the duty we have endeavored to perform is one involving no trifling responsibility. The means of this State to become one of the first in the Union are undoubted. It depends upon ourselves whether we take a course which shall develope all our resources and enable as to press onward in the career of prosperity and power. Let us not disappoint our destiny, nor be content with the comparative greatness of our State as a member of the confederacy, but looking further onward and upward, strive to elevate our view so as to comprehend the enviable position we occupy in the World's history as a portion of this free Republic. Casting a momentary glance at the past we find the iron reign of Despotism has only been interrupted for brief periods at long intervals, and on a few favored spots on the habitable globe. We are now repealing the experiment of free government which has so often failed. The eyes of the world are upon us. If we prove recreant to the high trust we shall draw down upon our heads the maledictions of

Description: The journal of the Senate documents the proceedings in the chamber, including actions taken on bills, petitions and reports from committees read, and votes taken. The journals are not transcripts and therefore do not include floor speeches that are found in the modern Legislative Records.

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Language: English

Date: 1836

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