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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, March 30, 1868
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ANNAPOLIS, March 28,1868
Gentlemen of the Senate :

I have the honor to transmit herewith a communication
just received from His Excellency, John W. Stevenson,
Governor of Kentucky, enclosing a Memorial of Protest,
adopted by the Legislature of that State at its late ses-

FRANKFORT, March 17,1868,

SIR : In compliance with the request of the Legislature of
this Commonwealth, I have the honor to inclose you the writ-
ten Memorial of Protest adopted by that body during the
late session.
Very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,

Memorial of Protest.

The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky,
acting for and on behalf of the people of Kentucky, are con-
strained to enter a most earnest and solemn Protest against
the great constitutional wrong and manifest injustice which-
has been done this people, in the failing and refuging to ad-
mit their just representation on the floor of the House of
Representatives of the Congress of the United States, on the
presentation of their legal certificates of election, duly authen-
ticated, and each of the said Representatives possessing all
the qualifications prescribed by the Constitution of the United,

We solemnly protest against the assumption of power to
make and apply new tests and qualifications for membership,
not only not authorized by, or contemplated in, but we hold
clearly prohibited by, the Federal Constitution, as nothing:
less than a usurpation culminating in a violation of vested
right, and anassault upon the liberty of a free people.

The essential principle of our free Government is, that it
is the Government of the people, made by the people, and
carefully framed with the special view of reserving all power
in the people, which it was not found essential to concede, and
which was not actually given by the Constitution to their
representatives and public servants.

It being impracticable for the people to assemble in mass

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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, March 30, 1868
Volume 142, Page 2167   View pdf image (33K)
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