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the North the alternative, which to choose. II such a presentation
should fail to save the Union, by arresting the aggression of the
North and causing our fights and the stipulations ol the Constitution
in our favour to he respected, it -would afford proof conclusive that
it could not he saved, and that nothing was left b . 25
T emphasize the importance ol the proposed meeting, he urged that
"a Convention o£ the South is an indispensable means to discharge a
great duty we owe to our partners in the Union." Along that same line
he informed Andrew Calhoun that the call lor a convention should he
made before the year ends, that it ought to be addressed to the people ol
the South, and that it might be made by the legislatures ol one or more
ol the southern states or by the members ol Congress. He assured
him that the call itself would have a powerful effect on Congress and
"could not Alabama be induced to make the call?*4
Calhoun began to receive more support from various leaders
throughout the South. Billiard Judge, ol Alabama, advised him that
his suggestion as to the necessity ol calling a convention was perfectly
obvious. R. K. Cralle was also in accord with the idea that "a
Convention ol the People should be called immediately, and recommend
a General Convention ol the Southern States at an early date to take
the whole matter into consideration."
2SIbid., p. 765. 2W. p. 769.
27Ibid., p. 1196. 28lbld., pp. 1202-1204.
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Chappell, Ben A. The Southern Unity Movement, thesis, 1956; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc107898/m1/46/: accessed October 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .