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Spurred on by these fledges of encouragement, CaHtosn began to
take the pulse of public opinion throughout the -Soufli on the idea of a
convention. One report earn© to Mm in January, 1849* tmm h* W.
Connor, who wrote*
- The people of Georgia @1 both parties are up to the mark and
read? to act, bat may not take He lead but they may consider the
issue as Inevitable ml the seoaer it la made the better. The
people of Alabama as a whole ay* with us it everything but the
difficulty i* with the p^tteiiM and the par tie#, , . .
X fear to* Louisiana, she will be tike Utt H at all to strike
€or the defence of (be South. la Florida I was no where bat at
Apaiachicola. They are aU Wmfktvm agents there bat Florida is
right. . . . Of @mr mm people many of them are desponding.
They began to think that the Institution of Slavery is darned.
Here to my mini, is the only danger o£ the $« &* ^
Connor was convinced from all he had seen and heard that prompt and
decided action was what waa needed most. Calhoun obviously agreed :
and began to put a wett~organiased plan into action.
Calhoun waa convinced that the South would soon be faced with a
choice of disunion or submission. But perhaps It eould be delayed M
some decisive measure couM be ftvnyflf enacted to arrest the viola-
tion of southern rights and principles. Advising sohtt H. Means in -
April, 1849, as to what action a meeting in Charleston should follow,
he explained that:
H wiH,be impossible to present such a front except by
means of a Convention of the Southern States. That* and oaly
• that could speak for the whole* and present asftstlWitiif to
mm&. ♦ pp. %wmiw*
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Chappell, Ben A. The Southern Unity Movement, thesis, 1956; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc107898/m1/45/: accessed January 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .