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"Not Yours to Give" - David Crockett

a talk before the U.S. House of Representatives

Crockett, responding to a proposal that the federal government appropriate funds to benefit the widow of a distinguished naval officer:

... Congress has no power to appropriate this money as an act of charity. Every member upon this floor knows it. We have the right, as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of the public money. ...

The entire speech, probably dated after 1821 and before 1835 (exact date welcome), may be found at:

Originally published in The Life of Colonel David Crockett, by Edward Sylvester Ellis, 1884.
Thu, Aug 10, 2006

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