Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Reviews/Essays | 1999
Transcription Congressional Speeches. Washington. 1850.,
WE beg to acknowledge the courteous attention of Messrs. the
Hon. J. C. Calhoun and A. P. Butler, of the Senate, and of Messrs.
Colcock, Woodward and Orr, of the House of Representatives, dele-
gates from South-Carolina, in supplying us with the speeches of
Southern members,, at various penodls, in relation to the vexed ques-
tion which disturbs the repose and safety of the country. To these
sources, we are indebted for copies of the speeches of Messrs. Cling..
man and Venable, of North-Carolina, Hunter, of Virginia, Clemens,
of Alabama, Davis, of Mississippi, of Butler and Calhoun from our
own State. We must not forget to acknowledge also the thoughtful
and strong address of the lion. Mr. Meade, to his constituents of the
2d Congressional district of Virginia —a performance distinguished
by great good sense, and the right promptings of Southern patriot-
ism. If speeches might avail, in such a conflict, the South might
safely repose on such champions of her cause ; but eloquence and
truth have seldom had success, when opposed by unrestricted power,
and the argument, however true and strong, must necessarily fail in
such a struggle as the one before us, in which selfishness having
felt its way to supremacy, throws off the insidious arts which have
hitherto made itself safe, and boldly seeks to scale the walls, which
it had hitherto been content to undermine. Whether' it will sue-
ceed in its audacious attempt is now the question —a question wholly
(as we think) depending on ourselves. It is certain, however, that
our eloquence is no longer the barrier—our rights no longer the suf-
ficient arguments and we are half inclined to think these had bet-
ter be left uuspokeu,—particularly, if they are to be our only safe-
guards.
(April 1850), P. 254