Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Selections from the Letters and Speeches of the Hon. James H. Hammond, of South Carolina >> Speech Delivered at Barnwell C.H., S.C., October 29, 1858 >> Page 323

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Speech | The Reprint Company; John F. Trow & Co. | 1866, 1978
Transcription SPH;ECII
I thank you very sincerely for this kind and cor-
dial reception. To stand here and speak to the people
of Barnwell reminds me of times long gone by. I have
addressed you, I believe, but once in more than twenty
years. But those were stirring times, when, a quarter
of a century ago, I so often spoke to you here of the
Constitution and the Union of your rights ani wrongs
in this Confederacy. No, not you, but your fathers.
I am, indeed, happy to recognize in this assemblage
many who were actors in those scenes ; but many, many
more, have been summoned hence, while you, my .young
friends, have grown up to supply their places. The
gallant spirits who then surrounded me here, and whose
kindling eyes and heaving bosoms animated and re-
sponded to my speech, have for the most part passed
away, but the theme is still the same ; and it is my part
to-day, adhering with unchanged conviction and una-
bated zeal to every principle I then maintained, to dis-
course upon the same great topics. Our battle then was
for the Constitution and our rights, in the Union, if
possible out of it, if need be. And this is our battle