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G. K. Nagler: Neues allgem. Künstler-Lexicon. 16r Bd. 3e — 6e Lfg. (Secante - Sole.) Münch. 1847. 8vo. pp. 193 — 572.

A. W. v. Schlegel : Sämmtl. Werke. Herausg. v. E. Böcking. llr B. Leipz. 1847. 8vo. pp. 430.

Fr. v. Schlegel : Sämmtl. Werke. 14r und 15r Bd. (Schluss.) Wien. 1847. 8vo.

G. F. Benecke: Mittlehochdeutsches Wörterbuch. A. s. Nachlass herausg. v. Dr. W. Müller. ir B. ir Lfg. Leipzig: 1847.

L'Orlando furioso di Lud. Ariosto, con illustr. storiche e romanische, e 100 incisivi. Firenze. 1844 – 6.

The Same. Preced. d'alcuni pensieri, di V. Geoberti. Firenzi. 1846. 2 vol.

Biblioteca de autores españoles desde la formacion del lenguaje, hasta nuestros dias, B. C. Auban. T. lo. Obras de M. de Cervantes Saavedra : T. 20. Obras de N. y. d. L. F. de Moratin : T. 30. Novellas anteriores a Cervantes. Madrid, (Leipzig, Brockh. y Avenarius.) 1846.

Le Opere di Galileo Galilei : prima edizione completa. Firenze. 1845.

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MASSACHUSETTS QUARTERLY REVIEW.

NO. II.-MARCH, 1848.

ART. I.-HAS SLAVERY IN THE UNITED STATES

A LEGAL BASIS?

1.- The Unconstitutionality of Slavery. Parts First and

Second. By LYSANDER SPOONER. 12mo. pp. 281. 2.- Review of Lysander Spooner's Essay on the Unconsti

tutionality of Slavery. By WENDELL PHILLIPS. 8vo.

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ONE main pillar of domestic slavery, as it now exists in the United States of America, is the idea that it rests upon the law. Law is regarded with veneration, as the great foundation and support of the rights of property-of personal rights; in a word-of social organization. Jurists, with a natural disposition to exaggerate the importance of a profession to which most of them have belonged, have been induced to overlook or to disregard the natural foundation of rights. Most of them represent the idea of property as resting on a merely artificial basis — the law; not the law of nature, but the law of convention. Upon that same artificial basis, too, they are induced to rest even the most important of personal rights. These ideas, widely spread through the community, greatly modify public opinion upon the question of slavery. In the abstract, slavery, all admit, is sheer cruelty and injustice. But slavery, as it exists in the United States, is supposed to be legal; and being legal, is supposed to acquire a certain character of right. To use our best efforts for the suppression of cruelty and injustice, is admitted to be a moral duty. But then it is a moral duty, and, in the opinion of many, a paramount duty, to obey the law.

Prevailing ideas on the theory of government tend precisely NO. II.

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