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 353

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the free States, all substantially concuring with us in
our construction of the Constitution, and under its
obligations earnestly battling with us for the main-
tenance of our rights and interests ; we owe it to our
country, to ourselves, to the world and to posterity,
to cast aside all weak fears all petty or impracticable
issues all mere wrangling and vituperation, personal
and sectional, and move forward with the dignity of
conscious strength and the calmness of undoubted
courage, to the overthrow of every false theory of
government, and every sentimental scheme for organiz-
ing labor ; carrying with us the Constitution of our
fathers, and if we can, their Union.
But the slave States constituting, and as I think
forever to constitute, a numerical minority, can how-
ever accomplish nothing in this Union, without the
aid of faithful allies in the free States. It has been of
late too much the habit in the South to mistrust all
such allies to disparage, to denounce, and drive them
from us. Nothing could be more unwise or more
unjust. It is distrusting the truth and justice of our
own cause, or calumniating human nature, to doubt
that there are in the free States thousands of sound-
thinking, true-hearted and gallant men, who concur
essentially in our views, and are ready to make com-
mon cause with us. Nay, it is falsifying history and
fact. During the late session I saw men acting cor-
dially and vigorously with us against the positive
instructions of their excited constituents, at the hazard
of political martyrdom ; and in two instances, that
martyrdom was consummated before the adjournment.
Shall we do no honor to such men ? Shall we pay no
tribute to such heroic devotion to truth, to justice, and