Substance of an Argument of Samuel F. Vinton, for the Defendants, in the Case of the Commonwealth of Virginia Vs. Peter M. Garner and Others, for an Alleged Abduction of Certain Slaves: Delivered Before the General Court of Virginia, at Its December Term, 1845

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Page 28 - The navigable waters leading into the Mississippi and St Lawrence, and the carrying places between the same, shall be common highways and forever free, as well to the inhabitants of the said Territory as to the citizens of the United States and those of any other States that may be admitted into the Confederacy, without any tax, impost, or duty therefor.
Page 17 - Company; as also all the lands and territories lying to the westward of the sources of the rivers which fall into the sea from the west and northwest...
Page 7 - The Treasurer and Company of Adventurers and Planters of the City of London, for the first Colony in Virginia.
Page 6 - When a great river is the boundary between two nations or states, if the original property is in neither, and there be no convention respecting it, each holds to the middle of the stream. But when, as in this case, one State is the original proprietor, and grants the territory on one side only, it retains the river within its own domain, and the newly created State extends to the river only.
Page 3 - An act respecting fugitives from justice, and persons escaping from the service of their masters...
Page 7 - ... or Point Comfort all along the sea coast to the northward two hundred miles, and from the said point of Cape Comfort all along the sea coast to the southward two hundred miles, and all that space and circuit of land lying from the sea coast of the precinct aforesaid...
Page 7 - Cape Comfort, all along the seacoast, to the southward, two hundred miles ; and all that space and circuit of land lying from the seacoast of the precinct aforesaid, up into the land, throughout from s.ea to sea, west and northwest...
Page 17 - And we do further strictly enjoin and require all persons whatever, who have either wilfully or inadvertently seated themselves upon any lands within the countries above described, or upon any other lands which, not having been ceded to or purchased by us, are still reserved to the said Indians as aforesaid, forthwith to remove themselves from such settlements.
Page 21 - ... that it be earnestly recommended to these states who have claims to the western country, to pass such laws, and give their delegates in Congress such powers, as may effectually remove the only obstacle to a final ratification of the articles of confederation...
Page 7 - In great questions which concern the boundaries of States, where great natural boundaries are established in general terms, with a view to public convenience and the avoidance of controversy, we think the great object, where it can be distinctly perceived, ought not to be defeated by those technical perplexities which may sometimes influence contract between individuals.

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