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 70

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might be transferred to the Register's office in the Dis-
tricts to which they properly belong. It was a Colonial
regulation which placed them in the Secretary of
State's office, and the reason for it has long ceased. I
recommend the appointment of a Commissioner to re-
organize all the offices to which I have alluded, and to
reunite them at the Seat of Government. It will,
however, require a constitutional amendment to effect
the latter purpose, and if you approve the recommen-
dation it will be necessary to pass an Act to that effect
at your present Session.
In making this recommendation, I trust I shall not
be regarded as aiming a blow at the compromises of
the Constitution. On the contrary, I would regard it
as one of the greatest calamities which could happen
to the State, that the present ascendency of one sec-
tion of it in the Senate, and the other in the House of
Representatives, should be in the slightest degree dis-
turbed. And, imperatively as I think the interest of
the State demands that all the chief officers should be
assembled at this place, I would not propose it, if I
could believe that it would have a tendency to pro-
duce such an effect.
In accordance with a Resolution passed at your last
Session, I appointed Commissioners to meet at Lime-
stone Springs, to enquire into the expedieney of es-
tablishing a High School there. I have not yet re-
ceived their Report. The first duty of a govern-
ment, after providing for the security of its constitu-
ents, is to take proper measures for their education.
The benefits they derive from facilitating commerce,
by digging canals, clearing out rivers, constructing
roads, and opening new channels of intercourse, are