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 352

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whatever authority, to ride them down, they will
carry with them the pillars of the temple of civiliza-
tion, and force a common fate on all mankind.
There are many who believe that some such catas-
trophe is inevitable. It cannot be denied that from
appearances here and elsewhere, that it is entirely pos-
sible, and it may not be unwise for all of us to suppose
it probable. Although I think that the ranks of our
enemies are broken and the moral victory won, I am
far from proclaiming that the battle is over, and that
we have now only to gather the fruits of our success.
Many a battle has been won and lost -again, by over-
weening confidence, by reckless pursuit, or by turning
aside for the sake of spoil. Let us fall into none of
these errors, for we are still in the very heat and
turmoil of this great conflict, and all may yet be lost.
What I wish to impress upon you is that there is hope
for effort triumph for union, energy and persever-
ance.
It has fallen upon the siaveholders of the South to
conduct this question of African slavery to its final
conclusion. Such is our fate. It is inevitable. Let
us cheerfully accept and manfully perform our des-
tined parts, and do it with no distrust of God ; with
no misgivings of our cause or of ourselves ; with no
panic ; no foolish attempt to fly from dangers which
cannot be avoided, which have not been proven to be
insurmountable, and which I for one believe that we
can conquer. After what has been achieved by a
divided South, now that it is almost thoroughly united
now that we have a President and his Cabinet —a
majority in both Houses of Congress —a Supreme
Court of the United States, and still hosts of allies in