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 238

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and caused ageneral suspension of the Southern Banks
had given valuable " aid and comfort to the enemy " by
loans of specie, and were conspiring to withdraw from
the Confederacy and make peace for themselves in
that desponding hour, when all seemed lost, he did
not falter for an instant. " The great cause " he said
" will never be yielded no, never ! never! I hear
the future audibly announced in the past in the splen-
did victories over the Guerriere, the Java, and the
Macedonian. Opinion is power. The charm of British
naval invincibility is gone."
Mr. Calhoun's course throughout the war can
never fail of the admiration and applause of future
times ; and that war was a turning point in the history
of the world. It established a competitor with Eng-
land for the trident of the ocean, whose triumph is
inevitable. And, just and necessary as it was and
glorious as its result, it gave rise in the end to ques-
tions in this country, which no human sagacity could
have anticipated—whose solution, yet in the womb of
time, may be of far greater import than the dominion
of the seas.
Mr. Calhoun entered Congress as a member of the
Republican Party, as distinguished from the Federal,
and throughout his service in the House, acted with it
in the main. But he gave many and early proofs that
his was a temperament which could never " give up to
party what was meant for mankind." Following his
illustrious Colleague *---who yet survives to our love
and veneration, with his powerful intellect unimpaired,
and his devotion to his native soil more ardent and
self-sacrificing, if possible, than ever he warmly advo-
* Hon. Langdon Chever.