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 14

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tably the right of State interposition to check the un-
constitutional acts of the Federal Government, with
all its salutary consequences ; while from those laid
down by the Court, follows as certainly the consolida-
tion and colonial dependency of the States, with all its
train of evils, the first of which must be dissolution of
the Union. But this would again lead us into discus-
sion, foreign to the immediate purpose of the meeting.
Upon a calm review of the whole matter, the Com-
mittee are of opinion, that the Constitution of the
State ought to be amended, in conformity with the
Bill introduced at the last session of the Legislature,
so as to require an oath of Allegiance from all persons
hereafter taking Office under the State of South Caro-
lina. As it is evident, from the opinions of a major-
ity of the Court of Appeals, that no oath requiring
exclusive allegiance to the State will be enforced by
that Court, it would be nugatory to amend the Con-
stitution, without also remodelling the Court, so as to
secure the full and effectual execution of the will of the
People. The Committee regard it, therefore, as ab-
solutely necessary that that should be done in such
manner as to the Legislature may seem best.

J. H. HAMMOND, Chairman.