His objections, in general, proved to be of the most trifling and technical kind, until he came to the clause relating to the twenty thousand pounds.
I maintain the clause to which you object, exactly as it stands.
And I desire that my said sister may be informed, by means of a true copy of this, the third and last clause
of my Will, that I give the Diamond to her daughter Rachel, in token of my free forgiveness of the injury which her conduct towards me has been the means of inflicting on my reputation in my lifetime; and especially in proof that I pardon, as becomes a dying man, the insult offered to me as an officer and a gentleman, when her servant, by her orders, closed the door of her house against me, on the occasion of her daughter's birthday."
He might see a reason for his friend's strange preference or bondage (call it which you please) and even for the startling clause
of the will.
Poligny pointed with a hesitating finger to this last clause, which we certainly did not expect.
"And he turned over the pages of the memorandum-book until he came to the clause specifying the days on which certain private boxes were to be reserved for the free use of the president of the republic, the ministers and so on.
To the proposition, then, that slaves whose cases come within the terms of this clause "shall be delivered up", their oaths are unanimous.
There is some difference of opinion whether this clause should be enforced by national or by State authority; but surely that difference is not a very material one.
Attempts have been made to pervert this clause into an objection against the Constitution, by representing it on one side as a criminal toleration of an illicit practice, and on another as calculated to prevent voluntary and beneficial emigrations from Europe to America.
The power of prescribing by general laws, the manner in which the public acts, records and judicial proceedings of each State shall be proved, and the effect they shall have in other States, is an evident and valuable improvement on the clause relating to this subject in the articles of Confederation.
-- that makes me think of the principal, an indispensable clause. I shall write it: -- `In the case of M.
This last clause made Planchet knit his brows a little, but when he saw the brilliant eye, the muscular hand, the supple and strong back of his associate, he regained his courage, and, without regret, he at once added another stroke to his signature.
Everything honourable and soothing, every present enjoyment, and every future hope was contained in it; and her acceptance, with only the saving clause
of Papa and Mamma's approbation, was eagerly given.
The only part of his Will which exposed itself to unfavorable criticism, was a clause
conferring a legacy on one of his sisters (then a widow) who had estranged herself from her family by marrying beneath her.
There is nothing of this kind declared in the articles that compose it; and to imply a tacit guaranty from considerations of utility, would be a still more flagrant departure from the clause
which has been mentioned, than to imply a tacit power of coercion from the like considerations.