January 29, 1820
Slaves welcome here, slave not wanted there. Man, it's a tough one trying to achieve what is best. How can everyone be happy if a solution cannot be reach here in Missouri? Across this whole world, there are those states that perhaps love working these black folks night and day. This is not right. I must find a solution to all this! Something must be done, who knows what will people want in the new vast territory we have just acquired. Will the territory allow slavery, or shall it be declared free? Ah yes, perhaps the inhabitants should be allowed to choose for themselves. Yes, this Missouri Compromise can achieve all that is well. I shall present this to Congress, and I hope this will get their support. I believe everyone is equal in one way or another. Now with my fellow Congress members, we must wait to see what happens. It has now been about 8 months, and we finally heard word. We are happy to inform that a solution has been met. We have equaled the power between the North and the South. The Missouri Compromise passed by Congress consists of two parts. Well with Missouri being a slave state now, I am certain that many slaves will now be fleeing away. Sometimes we lose, sometimes we win. At least Maine will be a free state, allowing the welcoming of everyone. Well for sure slavery will be excluded in all the new states that we got from the Louisiana Purchase, North of the Southern boundary of Missouri. Those folks can have a sense of relaxation. This compromise has achieved what it was intended to do. Now our nation will remain united by having an equal balance of states that want slavery, and those that do not. I sometimes wonder if this is only a temporary solution. Will this awaken future leaders to strive for a better tomorrow? I feel that this has prevented any war that might have been planned to erupt.
~ Henry Clay
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