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attained so much power because$th political leaders were courting
that element to insure a margin of success, ^
When fee first rose to speak Calhoun would almofct always bend .-r;
forward a# If from diffidence yet when felly aroused It# became- stem
and erect in his bearing. Ms voice had been cultivated to make hi*
utterances strong, full, and distinct. This ability w demonstrated
in the Charleston speech when he told the assembled Carolinians tint
what mmt be done was to show both parties that by courting the small
radical element they would lose the vote of A® South. To achieve
this successfully, he said it must be done through unified action, for:
The end would be, should we act in the manner indicated, ■.
the rally of a new party in &• n©«-#lave4ioidi&g States, snore
powerful than either of the old, who, on this great question, ■
would be faithful the cmspronUM and obligations of
the Constitution; and who by uniting with us, would put a final
stop to the teftiwf agltitiM of this dangerous question.
He called on them to cease all party affiliation® and let safety of their
domestic institution be the paraamount issue, a safety that could only
, Calhoun Papers, p. 498; this letter from 3. C. feewi
trates"*Calhoun* s point. "So nearly equal do the Parties stand in Md.
that a very few votes taken from either side and given to the other so
compleetly /IlcJ rinatsa or depresses Qui Beam of Party scales as
to induce such Pittyfull £$1<Q political miscreants rather to commit
perjurytas all inevitable do who aware to support the Constitution)
than to chance the consequence of Hi# loss of a few abolition votes."
^Calhoun Works, IV, 3t2*396.
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Chappell, Ben A. The Southern Unity Movement, thesis, 1956; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc107898/m1/42/: accessed February 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .