Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Selections from the Letters and Speeches of the Hon. James H. Hammond, of South Carolina >> Speech on the Relations of the States, Delivered in the Senate of the United States, May 21, 1860 >> Page 368

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Speech | The Reprint Company; John F. Trow & Co. | 1866, 1978
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so far as I know, in South Carolina. The proposition
was that the State should secede in consequence of
these very measures. The issue only made was
whether the State should secede alone, or refuse to
do so without the cooperation of one or more other
States. Mr. Rhett, who took his seat in the Senate
some months after the passage of those measures, led
the party in favor of a separate secession of the State.
He was defeated. Not by those in favor of the com-
promise act or of squatter sovereignty, which never
had the slightest foothold in South Carolina, but by
the coOperationists, who would not go out of the
Union without some other State approving and sus-
The Kansas and Nebraska act, of which the Senator
claims to be the author, and I believe was, met the
approbation of South Carolina ; but it was interpreted
in the same way with the Nicholson letter. So far,
therefore, as South Carolina has acted, she has not
done the least thing to support these new doctrines in
regard to sovereignty ; and I think I can assure the
Senator from Illinois she never will.