Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Wilmot Proviso

Provided, That, as an express and fundamental condition of the acquisition of any territory from the Republic of Mexico by the United States, by virtue of any treaty which may be negotiated between them, and to the use by the Executive of any moneys herein appropriated, neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall ever exist in any part of said territory, except for crime, whereof the party shall first b e duly convicted.

SOURCE:  Thomas Hart Benton, Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Volume 15, p. 646

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