Conflicting Opinions by Mr. Douglas.
Wednesday, October 13, 1858.
"If the Constitution carries slavery there (in the Territory) without affirmative law, no power on earth can take it away." – Douglas's Speech, June 9th, 1858 Congressional Globe, p. 1,371.
"The courts must decide the question according to the Constitution and the law, and all must abide by that decision." – Ibid.
"Hence, no matter what may be the decision of the Supreme Court on that abstract question, still the right of the people to make it a slave Territory or a free Territory is perfect and complete under the Nebraska bill." – Douglas' Speech at Freeport.