Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 220a Resolutions Submitted to the House of Representatives Respecting the Governor's Message Number I, 1844-11-29 >> Page 308

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 308 THE SIMMS LETTERS
whom had been referred so much of the Governor's Message No. 1, as relates to the Tariff, to Texas, and the Abolitionists:

Resolutions for a proposed Asheville Convention, November 29, 184418

1. Resolved, That while we look with hope to the action of the administration about to come into power in the Federal Government, and see no reason to distrust the propriety of the support which the people of South-Carolina have accorded to render it successful, we are yet reminded by the experience of the past, of the necessity of maintaining our own strict watch over those vital interests upon which the fortunes and the safety of the South depend.
2. Resolved, That our sense of the deep injury inflicted upon us by the operations of the present odious tariff of protection, is in no respect lessened, and that we enjoin our Representatives in Congress to continue their unceasing warfare upon this principle, and the practice under it, until the agricultural labor and interests of the South shall be rendered permanently secure against its injustice.
3. Resolved, That the acquisition of the territory of Texas is vastly important to the welfare of the whole Union—to its safety from foreign arms—to its commercial enterprize—to its general industry—and to the South, vitally necessary for the proper growth and expansion of our people.
4. Resolved, That we cannot submit to the insulting declaration, that, while all other portions of the Union may extend themselves on either hand, and draw into their folds new States and capacious territories, the slave-holding States shall remain stationary—circumscribed in boundary—fettered and enfeebled by position,
18. Although there had been calls for a southern rights convention in Asheville in 1844, the convention never took place. Instead the southern states held several commercial conventions from 1845 to 1859. The conventions increasingly promoted southern nationalism and defended slavery. The Greenville Mountaineer of December 13, 1844, 2, reported that Sinuns had spoken "fluently, and with great ease" on the S.C. House floor in support of his resolutions.