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 324

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Speech | The Reprint Company; John F. Trow & Co. | 1866, 1978
Transcription 324
The lapse of thirty years has brought much expe-
rience to the survivors of those who enlisted for this
great cause in South Carolina. The veil of what was
then the future —a future covered with angry clouds
and doubts and darkness has been removed, and look-
ing back, we now see the events of long years which
were then unknown to us. The hard-fought fields ;
our chequered fortunes ; our victories, our defeats ;
the dead ; the living all then deep buried in the womb
of time, are now all clear and palpable. And to those
of us who have been spared to make this retrospect, it is
a proud satisfaction to know that time and events have
proved that our principles were true and our cause
just ; to recognize the unflinching courage and wonder-
ful ability with which they have been so long main-
tained, and to feel renewed assurance that they must
finally and fully triumph.
Your fathers confided in me from the first moment
that we met upon this spot. '1 hey took me in their
arms and lifted me into all the high places that were
within their reach ; and I have had many proofs that
they taught you to confide in me as they had done.
For this great and generous and abiding confidence and
trust, I never knew but one reason, and that was that
I always told them the truth, according to my best
knowledge and belief. And as I dealt with them, I
shall deal with you.
The last Legislature of the State conferred on me
the high honor of a seat in the Senate of the United
States; and during the late stormy session of Congress,
I in part represented you there. You will expect me
to give you some account of the proceedings there, and
most especially of those which occupied four-fifths of