Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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222a : RESOLUTIONS ON SLAVERY SUBMITTED
TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 17, 1844
Messrs. W. Gilmore Simms, Stuart and Bauskett2° submitted Resolutions on the same subject [slavery]; which were ordered to be printed, and, with the Resolutions of the Senate, were made the special order of the day for 12 o'clock M. to-morrow, in committee of the Whole House.
Printed in Journal of the House of Representatives of South Carolina, 1844 (Columbia, S.C.: A. H. Pemberton, State Printer, 1844), 144.
RESOLUTIONS ON SLAVERY SUBMITTED
BY MR. W. GILMORE SIMMS
Resolved, that the institution of slavery in the southern States, guarantied by the federal Compact, and necessary to its integrity, is one which South Carolina regards as vital to her Safety, in which
she can tolerate no interference—that though she holds it unbecoming, farther to complain or to exhort, she yet deems it proper to declare that she beholds with a jealous sense of danger and injustice the approaches made in the Federal congress to a disturbance of
her securities on this subject any assault upon which, in a legisla-
tive form by that body, must only compel her to a resumption of that independent position, as a separate state, which she only in part surrendered to the Federal union, as necessary to her foreign Securities.
Resolved, therefore, that any act of direct legislation on the subject of slavery, or of indirect legislation the purpose of which shall be obvious, by Congress either by the enactment of a Bill, or by
the adoption of resolutions meant to abolish that institution, will be ipso facto, a dissolution of the Union.
20. John Bauskett (d. 1867) represented Edgefield District in the S.C. Senate, 1834-38, and House of Representatives, 1844-45. John Allan Stuart (1800-1852) represented Saint Philip and Saint Michael parishes in the S.C. House, 1844-45. He wed Claudia Smith, the sister of Robert Barnwell (Smith) Rhett, and edited the Charleston Mercury in the 1840s.