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Excerpt from Speech of Col. Curtis M. Jacobs, on the Free Colored Population of Maryland: Delivered in the House of Delegates, on the 17th of February, 1860In the House of Delegates, Feb. 17, 1860, the Bills of the Committee on Colored PopulationMoreExcerpt from Speech of Col. Curtis M. Jacobs, on the Free Colored Population of Maryland: Delivered in the House of Delegates, on the 17th of February, 1860In the House of Delegates, Feb. 17, 1860, the Bills of the Committee on Colored Population being under consideration, Mr. Burgess, of Charles county, moved to substitute bills upon the same subject, submitted by Mr. Dennis, of Somerset county. After some debate on points of order, and upon the motion to substitute, which brought up the merits of the bills of the Committee then under consideration, Col. Jacobs, who is Chairman of the Committee, arose and said:Mr. Speaker:As in the history of individuals, events transpire that modulate and control their future destiny in this world - so it is in the history of governments. History teaches us that governments like human systems have their regular periods of growth, maturity, decline and extinction- and while it is little more than a dismal record of the crimes and the calamities of the human race, it also teaches us that the ignorance, avarice, wickedness and ambition of mankind may be assigned as the general causes of the downfall of government. Living as we do it the middle of this nineteenth century with the lights of Christianity all around us, and the knowledge of past centuries, the rapid progress of the present age in the arts, literature and sciences, all shedding a halo of light upon our career as a people- and blessed by high Heaven with one of the best forms of government ever instituted for mans civil, religious and political liberty - I say, surrounded as we are by those great blessings, it would seem that peace and plenty on the one hand, and contentment and happiness on the other, ought to characteristic our people and secure the perpetuity of our glorious institutions.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.