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 71

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great ; but they sink into insignificance in comparison
with the vast importance of pouring out upon them in
every direction copious streams of knowledge—ex-
panding their intellects, elevating and purifying their
morals, and training them up to a high and noble cast
of thought. Under a government like ours, where no aristocracy of birth or wealth is tolerated, or can ever
take root, the only hope we can have of the har-
monious action or lasting duration of our institutions,
is by resting them on the solid foundation of a people
imbued with lofty sentiments, and deeply versed in all
the lore of learning ; who will be capable of compre-
hending all the blessings they confer, watchful of dis-
tant danger, and prepared to meet and overcome it,
not less by power of intellect, than by force of arms.
Every dollar which can be spared from the absolute
wants of the State, should be first offered to this great
cause. Here indeed a liberal expenditure enriches
and adorns, while a narrow economy impoverishes and
degrades. It is to be feared that education has been
stationary in this State, if it has not retrograded,
during the last quarter of a century. The College,
founded and sustained by the wise munificence of the
State, has done and continues to do more than was
expected of it. But the Academies have not kept
pace. There are comparatively few in the country,
where young men can be well prepared to enter the
higher classes of colleges. The consequence is, that
many are yet sent abroad to inferior institutions, and
return home with educations less complete, and with-
out the advantage of that intimate association with
the youth of every section of the State, which can
only he formed here, and which is of such lasting ad-