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 75

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Documents | The Reprint Company; John F. Trow & Co. | 1866, 1978
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land owners have derived their titles ; which will serve
to correct the general, but unfounded belief, that these
lands have been acquired without consideration. There
is not a more respectable or more valuable population
in any part of the State, than the residents on the
Indian Land; nor any more entitled to every reasona-
ble indulgence at your hands.
The Arsenals at Charleston and Columbia have
been converted into Military Academies, in conformity
with the Act of the Legislature. The change is
unquestionably a great improvement on the former
system.
The appointment of State Agricultural Surveyor
was accepted by EDMUND RUFFIN, Esq., a distinguished
Agriculturist of Virginia. He has been engaged dur-
ing the year, with assiduity and zeal, in the perfor-
mance of his duties in various parts of the State, and
I have no doubt that his labors will be attended with
the most beneficial and important results. I expect to
be able to lay his Report before you in a few days.
The Court of Errors, at its last Term, decided the
appeal in the case of the State against the Banks
which refused to accept the provisions of the Act of
1840 ; and established the important principle, that
suspension of specie payments is sufficient cause for
the forfeiture of their charters. I can scarcely sup-
pose that it was the intention or desire of the State to
punish the Banks for past offences by the Act referred
to, but simply to provide against future suspensions.
Nor can they be thought worthy of punishment for
appealing to the Judiciary, as they certainly had the
right to do, to decide a question of vital consequence
to them and to the country. Having obtained a de-