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 104

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Documents | The Reprint Company; John F. Trow & Co. | 1866, 1978
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to sound it in our ears, and claim for it our allegiance.
Our ancestors in the old world, waged a successful war
against the divine right of Kings ; and our fathers of
the Revolution broke the yoke of Lords and Commons.
Little has been gained for us, by these two noblest
struggles which history records, if we are now to be
overawed by the divine right of Union, and steeped in
wretchedness under its violated character. The illus-
trious man who has been called, by universal consent
the Father of our Country, did indeed leave it to us,
as his parting admonition, that we should cling to the
Union as our ark of safety. But, much as we rever-
ence his precept, his example is still dearer to us.
Sacred as we hold his last words, we cannot throw
them into the scale against the history of his life ; and
that teaches us to resist oppression, from whatever
quarter it may come, and whatever hazard is incurred.
Coming for the first time together, having duties to
perform which to some of you are new, and holding in
your hands the destinies of South-Carolina, you cannot
be too strongly impressed with the necessity of reflect-
ing maturely on the important questions that devolve
upon you, and of reverentially invoking to your aid
that Almighty Power, who searches all hearts, weighs
all motives, and metes out to all human efforts a just
measure of success.