chapter  4
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Preserve the Union

It is the imperative duty of Congress to make some effort to save the country from impending dissolution; and he that is unwilling to make an effort to preserve the Union, or, in other words, to preserve the Constitution, and the Union as an incident resulting from the preservation of the Constitution. It devolves upon every one who can contribute in the slightest degree to this result to come forward and make some effort, reasonable in its character, to preserve the Union of these States by a preservation of the Constitution. The Constitution of the United States was formed by the sanction of the States, given by each in its sovereign capacity. If the Federal Government fails or refuses to execute the laws made in conformity with the Constitution, and those States persist in their violation and let those unconstitutional acts remain upon their statute-books and carry them into practice.