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Quote from William Branch Giles,

"[It is not the purpose nor right of Congress] to attend to what generosity and humanity require, but to what the Constitution and their duty require."


William Branch Giles (more quotes by William Branch Giles or books by/about William Branch Giles)

(1762-1830) American statesman, US Senator and Congressman from Virginia, 24th Governor of Virginia


1796, spoken on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives concerning a proposed relief measure for fire victims.


Character, Charity, Congress, Constitution, Duty, Humanity, Virtue


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