“As a rule, I think it better that Congress should originate as well as perfect its measures without external bias.”
“I should desire the legislation of the country to rest with Congress, uninfluenced by the Executive in its origin of progress, and undisturbed by the veto, unless in very special and clear cases.”
Speech at Pittsburgh, February 15, 1861
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