The Pennsylvania Democratic State Convention re-assembled Friday morning in Brant's Hall, at Harrisburg, and was opened with prayer by the Rev. Dr. John W. Nevins, of Lancaster.
The Committee on Resolutions, through their chairman, Hon. Ellis Lewis, reported the following, which were unanimously adopted:
Resolved,That the States of this Union are sovereign and independent over every subject not surrendered to the control of the Federal Government; and they have no right to interfere with each other's domestic institutions, but are bound by the Constitution of the United States to protect and defend them against domestic insurrection as well as foreign invasion.
Resolved, That the Government of the United States, although limited in its authority to the subjects enumerated in the Federal Constitution, possesses within those limits supreme authority, and has the usual and necessary powers for preserving itself and enforcing its laws.
Resolved, That the Union of the States was founded by the wisdom of our patriotic ancestors, is sanctioned by the experience of our whole political existence, and has secured to us unexampled prosperity at home, and respect abroad; the Democratic party will cling to it as the last prey of freedom, and as the great exponent in self-government, which is to light the nations of the earth to liberty and independence.
Resolved,That the Democratic party possesses the recuperating power which nothing but integrity can give, and is determined to sacrifice, on the altar of patriotism, all individual interests and past dissensions, and unite as a band of brothers to rescue the country from the control of those who are seeking its destruction; that this country, with the best form of Government that ever was devised, is surrounded with dangers and difficulties which threaten its very existence, and yet the Republican party refuse all reasonable terms of compromise, and their leader, on his way to take possession of the Government, seemingly satisfied with the disastrous calamities of his "irrepressible conflict," declares there is nothing going wrong.
Resolved,That the people of the Southern States contributed their exertion and treasure in the acquisition of the Territories, equally with those of other States, and that the principle which recognizes the equal rights of all the States in the same is founded on the clears equality, and supported by the decision of the highest Court of the country. It ought, therefore, to be sustained by every law-abiding citizen until a satisfactory dividing line can be settled by amendment of the Constitution.
Resolved,That every State is bound by the Constitution of the United States to aid in delivering up fugitive slaves to their owners, and all legislation which withholds such aid or throws obstacles in the way, is unconstitutional, and should be repealed, and suitable enactments substituted, in accordance with the Federal duties of the respective States.
Resolved,That the resolutions offered in the U. S. Senate by the patriotic Senator from Kentucky, and known as the Crittenden plan of compromise, present a satisfactory basis for the adjustment of our difficulties; the measures therein specified are wise, just, and honorable, calculated to end the present deplorable agitation, and prevent forever its recurrence. We commend this plan, or something similar, to patriots, men of business, working men, political parties, to the people everywhere, and we call upon all who love their whole country, and desire to preserve it, to rally to such plan of compromise, and carry it through.
Resolved, That we will, by all proper and legitimate means, oppose, discountenance, and prevent any attempt on the part of the Republicans in power to make any armed aggression upon the Southern States, especially so long as laws contravening their rights shall remain unrepealed on the statute books of Northern States, and so long as the just demands of the South shall continue to be unrecognized by the Republican majorities in these States, and unsecured by proper amendatory explanations of the Constitution.
Resolved,That in the dignified and prudent reserve of the Southern Border States, and in their conciliatory overtures, we recognize the same patriotic purposes which animated the fathers of the Republic, and that an appeal to the people of Pennsylvania will manifest their hearty concurrence in all reasonable constitutional measures for the preservation of the Union, consistently with the rights of all the States.
Resolved, That the conduct of the present Governor of Pennsylvania in confining exclusively his selection of Commissioners to the Peace Conference to the Republican party, and excluding 230,000 freemen of Pennsylvania from any representation in that body, was the act of a partisan and not a patriot.
Resolved, That we are in favor of the immediate repeal of the 95th and 96th sections of the Penal Code of Pennsylvania, except so far as relates to the crime of kidnapping, because said sections stand in the way of a strict enforcement of the fugitive slave law.
On motion, a committee, consisting of 34 members of the Convention, was appointed to convey the resolutions to the President of the United States.
Eloquent and patriotic speeches were then made by Hon. Ellis Lewis, Hon. Rd. Vaux, Gen. H. D. Foster and others, after which the Convention adjourned.