Boston: Published by R.F. Wallcut, 1859. 31, [1 blank] pp. Stitched. Title leaf dusted; persistent margin spot in early leaves. Good+.
Abolitionists developed a profound appreciation for the Virginia State Rights Doctrine after passage of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Men like Phillips, arguing for the supremacy of State law, urged the Massachusetts legislature to enact a law nullifying the Fugitive Slave Act. "Within the last few years, we have sent nearly four hundred fugitives from Massachusetts... We assert that you sit here as the legislators of a sovereign State. If anybody has agreed to limit that sovereignty by an unholy compact, it is not binding, and you have no right to regard it."
Dumond 93. LCP 8171 [recording the 1860 Anti-Slavery Society printing]. Item #38482