Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Selections from the Letters and Speeches of the Hon. James H. Hammond, of South Carolina >> Report at a Meeting of the State Rights and Free Trade Party of Barnwell District, South Carolina, Held at Barnwell Court-House, on Monday, July 7th, 1834 >> Page 5

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Transcription STATE BIGHTS AND FREE TRADE.
AT A MEETING OF THE STATE RIGHTS AND FREE TRADE PARTY OF BARNWELL DISTRICT, SOUTH CAROLINA, HELD AT BARN-WELL COURT-HOUSE, ON MONDAY, JULY 7TH, 1834, COL. JAMES II. HAMMOND MADE THE


REPORT.
THE Committee, appointed by the Meeting of the
Citizens of Barnwell on the 4th of June, have reflect-
ed maturely on the subject referred to their considera-
tion. Few occasions have occurred in the history of
our State, requiring more serious deliberation, and
dispassionate decision. An honest and independent
Judiciary is the safest check upon the accumulation
of power in the Legislative and Executive Depart-
ments of the Government. Unfortunately, the manner
of their appointment, compensation, and promotion, is
too apt to lead the Judges, if not directly to sanction,
at least to connive at, the usurpations of the coordinate
Departments. Whenever, therefore, in the exercise
of their acknowledged functions, they throw them-
selves in opposition to and arrest the hand of legiti-
mate power, it becomes a people, jealous of their
rights, and justly prejudiced in favor of too weak
rather than too strong a Government, to sustain them
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