Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Selections from the Letters and Speeches of the Hon. James H. Hammond, of South Carolina >> Message to the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina, Nov. 28, 1843 >> Page 53

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laws, and made them more rigorous and oppressive
than they have ever been before. That a government /
like ours, purporting to be based on perfect freedom
and equality, should perpetrate such laws ; and that a
people so intelligent as ours so distrustful of their
rulers so ready to resist injustice and - oppression
four-fifths of whom are agriculturists, all deeply injured
by restrictions upon foreign commerce should permit
such an execrable system to be fastened on them, is
one of the most extraordinary events in the history of
the age. To the enlightened views so rapidly gaining
ground among those who control the English govern-
ment�to the progress of true knowledge among the
other States of Europe, and to the change of power
into other hands which is just about to be realized in
our country, I look with confidence for a vast amelio-
ration and early abandonment of the whole system of
protective duties.
In the meantime it should be borne constantly in
mind, that any departure from the great principles of
industry and economy, and a steady faith that with the
practice of these two cardinal virtues time will do the
rest, :must be attended with the most serious conse-
quences to our future welfare. And perhaps no occa-
sion could be more auspicious than the present for
you to institute a close and searching examination into
the precise condition of our State, in all its depart-
ments, and introduce such alterations and reforms as
will enable her to take the tide of prosperity to most
advantage, and maintain it longest.
Her financial condition claims, perhaps, at this
especial moment, your first attention. The public debt