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Ivey and W. H. Eddins, while the negative was defended by R. R.
Savage, A. F. Rhodes, and S. H. J. Bridgers, of whom both Savage
and Rhodes were men of ability but hardly equal as debaters to Ivey.
Later some reader of the minutes penciled between the lines in bold
hand, "O ye Abolitionists!"
Connected with the question of slavery was that of the extension of
the territory of the country. This connection was the chief cause of the
opposition of the North to the annexation of Texas. Accordingly it
furnished topics for debate. The Euzelians, in April, 1837, voted after
debate that it would be conducive to the prosperity of the United
States to have her territory extended. The large accession of territory
in consequence of the Mexican War brought the question again to the
front and it was frequently debated in both Societies.45 In April, 1847,
the Philomathesians debated a territorial question which revealed the
ground of their interest, the query being, "Should Congress enact laws
to prevent slaveholding men from settling our territories?" This was
decided in the negative by a vote of 25 to 6. On March 30, 1855, the
same Society voted 11 to 10 that Congress did right in passing the
Nebraska Bill, which under the leadership of Stephen A. Douglas,
became law in May, 1854, "a voluntary offering to the South by a
Northern Democrat."
Along with questions relating to slavery went those relating to the
slave-holding and non-slave-holding sections of the country and of
the dissolution of the Union. Many were the debates on these
momentous issues; will the Union continue for a century? for twenty-
five years? for ten years?46 On August 5, 1859, the Euzelians debated
the question in the form: "Would a dissolution of the union be
beneficial to the South?" The affirmative was supported by E. S.
Moore and others, the negative by Kelly, Guy, Savage and Howell.
"After a debate of some warmth," the question was decided in the
negative by a vote of 5 to 16.
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45 Eu. Records, August 12, 1848; September 8, 1849; Phi. Records, May 20,
1848.
46 Eu. Records, February 26, 1842; September 21, 1844; September 10, 1848;
April 11, 1857; August 5, 1859; December 17, 1860; August 31, 1845; May 30,
1856.
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