A Quote by Josiah Quincy on duty, obligation, preparation, and separation

If this bill [for the admission of Orleans Territory as a State] passes, it is my deliberate opinion that it is virtually a dissolution of the Union; that it will free the States from their moral obligation; and, as it will be the right of all, so it will be the duty of some, definitely to prepare for a separation, - amicably if they can, violently if they must.

Josiah Quincy (1744 - 1775)

Source: Abridged Congressional Debates, Jan. 14, 1811. Vol. iv. p. 327.

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