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 7

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of which decision, they have actually taken up arms,
and pledged life, fortune, and honor : to be finally
adjudged and settled against them, by the mere dicta
of two men, no matter how great their worth, or how
dignified their station, without freely examining their
motives and their arguments, would exhibit an in-
consistency and apathy too great to be expected or
believed : And this examination the Committee pro-
poses briefly to make.
The discussion of this great question has, necessari-
ly, divided the State into two parties ; its vital impor-
tance of itself, its connection with some of the most
interesting measures of the day, and the length and
ardor of the discussion, have produced much exaspera-
tion. It is well known that the two Judges, who
constitute the majority of the Appeal Court, are mem-
bers of that party which has opposed the measures of
the majority of the people constituting the State.
They have been active partisans, taking part, publicly,
in the discussion before the people confidentially
consulted, it is supposed, on all the movements of the
party, and members of the Convention of that party,
which met at the most , critical moment of affairs, and
resolved not to sustain the State, when it was evident
that a contest for its existence was at hand. What-
ever may be our respect for the private worth, or our
veneration for the public dignity, of these Judges, it
is impossible to close our minds to the conviction, that
from these facts should be traced the motives which
induced them to depart from the rules ordinarily
observed in their decisions, and to discuss unnecessarily
the question constituting the basis of the difference
between the two parties of the State ; and (following,