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to b« mftf threat of war. "Let Virginia be told that she mast fight mwm*
body, and she will not be long in deciding whom tshe will fight,r* Tacker
w*e obvlwtlf representing a minority opinion, however. The cold re*
ception that fee delegate election had received fr&m the "State of
Presidents" hardly substantiated this "heroic defiance.w It* fact, one
©I Tucker*a fellow delegates, T. S. Gholson, apoke f for tbc conserva*
tives. Be desired to ase every effort "tmder heave®" to #av® the
Union; he believed that It eoald he preserved wtfto«l "sacrifice of . .,
rights or honor;" he thought the original resolvtions by Clay ceald
serve m a feasts for a settlement which woald guarantee the Sonth's
safety. The majority of delegates undoubtedly favored Ghol son's more
moderate approach to ttws dispute between the two sections.
While sonthernera sought to clarify Uieir position, there was
little reaction to the convention** proceedings either la the Worth or
let Washington. The center of attention was foeased on the capital
where the current question surrotmded the admittance of California
to the Union.. From Baltimore came a report describing the attitude
toward the Nashville meeting:
The proceedings of the Southern Convention at Nashville
hav% to somm extent, lost their novelty and Interest. Nothing
appears to have been done beyond what might have been antici-
pated. , . . The Convention, however, has acted with bo*
cowiing dignity* *
%hanks, pp. 34*215.
National Intelligencer, Jwne 11, 1850.
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Chappell, Ben A. The Southern Unity Movement, thesis, 1956; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc107898/m1/83/: accessed October 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .