Speech of Truman Smith, of Connecticut, on the Nebraska Question: Delivered in the Senate of the United States, February 10 and 11, 1854 (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Speech of Truman Smith, of Connecticut, on the Nebraska Question: Delivered in the Senate of the United States, February 10 and 11, 1854

But, Mr. President, I will bring the matter at once to an issue, which I challenge the honora ble chairman of the committee, (mr. Douglas, ) to meet. You say that by the Utah bill. You, intended to leave the people there perfectly free to regulate their domestic institutions as they might see fit. What are those domestic institu tions or relations? They are husband and wife, parent and child, guardian and ward, and mass ter and servant. N ow, I desire to ask the chair. Man, did you intend to confer on the people of Utah the power to introduce polygamy, for that appertains to one of the domestic relations. I want the honorable chairman to stand up here and tell us whether, if the legislative assembly were to send an act here sanctioning polygamy, he would let it stand a single hour? On the contrary, would he not seize a pair of tongs and thrust it out of onder window?

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