A Century of Dishonor: A Sketch of the United States by Helen Hunt Jackson

By Helen Hunt Jackson

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Kent also says, after giving the Supreme Court decision in the case of Johnson v S . ” Dr. Walker, in his “American Law,” makes a still briefer summary: “The American doctrine on the subject of Indian title is briefly this: The Indians have no fee in the lands they occupy. The fee is in the Government. They cannot, of course, aliene them either to nations or individuals, the exclusive right of pre-emption being in the Government. ” It being thus established that the Indian’s “right of occupancy” in his lands was a right recognized by all the Great 18 A CENTURY OF DISHONOR.

To do this, it is only needful to look into the history of the accepted “Law of Nations,” from the days of the Emperor Justinian until now. ” Nations being simply, as Vattel defines them, “societies of INTRODUCTORY. 19 men united together,” it is plain that, if there be such a thing as the “law of nature,” which men as individuals are bound to obey, that law is also obligatory on the “societies” made up . ” Grotius draws the distinction between the law of nature and the law of nations thus: “When several persons at different times and in various places maintain the same thing as certain, such coincidence of sentiment must be attributed to some general cause.

The faith of treaties—that firm and sincere resolution, that invariable constancy in fulfilling our engagements, of which we make profession in a treaty—is therefore to be held sacred and inviolable between the nations of the earth, whose safety and repose it secures; and if mankind be not wilfully deficient in their duty to themselves, infamy must ever be the portion of him who violates his faith. * * * “He who violates his treaties, violates at the same time the law of nations, for he disregards the faith of treaties, that faith which the law of nations declares sacred; and, so far as dependent on him, he renders it vain and ineffectual.

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