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. 26, 1844 >> Page 97

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not only of the last session of Congress, but of the
protective policy itself. The act of 1828, the most
stringent of the Tariff acts, save that of 1842, was
carried by the votes of the Democratic leaders of the
State of New York, given under very peculiar cir-
cumstances ; and this last act, by the votes of Democra-
tic leaders from the same State, and from Pennsylvania.
And it may be regarded as certain, that the friends of
the protective system will be able, at all times, to com-
mand as many votes among the Northern Democrats
as may be necessary for their purposes.
Nor can we, I fear, anticipate any demonstration
of such a fixed, determined, and combined resistance
to that policy on the part of the South, as will force
the North to abandon it entirely. For this apprehen-
sion there are many reasons, bit one is paramount.
Unfortunately, the Electors of President and vice-Pre-
sident are chosen by the people, in all the Southern
States except our own. They are, in consequence, at
all times almost equally divided about men ? and in-
terested politicians spare no pains to impress it on the
voters, that the salvation of the country depends upon
the elevation of this or that individual to the Presi-
dential chair. In this exciting contest, measures and
principles become matters of minor consequence ; and
though it is well known that no President, whatever
may have been his political creed, has yet had firmness
to veto a Tariff bill, however monstrous, and that no
anointed candidate even, has ever been able fully and
consistently to declare himself against the protective
policy, they still persist in the pernicious delusion that
everything will be secured by the triumph of their
favorite. While every other question, however vital