Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Selections from the Letters and Speeches of the Hon. James H. Hammond, of South Carolina >> An Oration on the Life, Character, and Services of John Caldwell Calhoun, Delivered on the 21st November 1850, in Charleston, S.C., at the Request of the City Council >> Page 232

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Speech | The Reprint Company; John F. Trow & Co. | 1866, 1978
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ourselves, in no grudging spirit, to the guidance of
those great Minds that have been appointed to shed
light and truth upon the world.
To the honor and praise of South Carolina it may
be said that she has thus far recognized her prophets,
and believed their inspiration. She has aided and
sustained them in the performance of their missions,
with a warm and steady confidence, and she has been
faithful to their memory. Her loyal reverence for
real greatness has ever been a deep —I might say a
religious sentiment untinged with superstition, but
as profound as it is magnanimous and just.
For no one of her many noble sons has Providence
permitted her to evince for so long a period her ad-
miration, her affection and her confidence ; for no one
has she herself endured such trials ; no one has she
ever consigned to his last resting place in her bereaved
bosom, amid such deep and universal grief, as him
whose life and services we have assembled this day to
commemorate. For more than forty years the name
of Calhoun has never been pronounced in South Car-
olina without awakening a sensation. For nearly the
same period it has been equally familiar and fraught
with as deep an interest to every citizen of this wide-
spread Union. Few of us here present can remem-
be the era when we heard it first. We have grown
up from childhood under its mighty influence, and we
feel that a spell was broken, a tie of life was sundered_
forever, when it ceased to be a living sound.
The Man is now no more. He has closed his ca-
reer with us, to begin another in a better world. But
what he did, and what he said, while here, still live,
and will live forever in their consequences as immor-