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Shalt we rest quietly, seeing the approaching diam*
lution, and make mo exertion to avert it* ami adopt no
measures of II it must come ? ' No, no* .SI the
constitution be doomed to perish, we mast nerve our arms
-1# secure die rights it was intended to fomstu, relying '
on tite guidance and aid of the Omnipotent in so just
The committee on resolutions -was' reorganised wifi* William Gordon
retained as chairman. Resolutions were introduced from almost every
state, each claiming to be an expression of its attitude toward the
(guestion at hand.
The withdrawal of Sharkey and other moderates had given the
extremist element a free-rein in propounding their desire for secession.
Several of lite "fire-eaters" delivered flamboyant hits of eloquence, all
with the same theme~~dissolution. J. G. McWhertor expressed fee
feedings of the Georgia delegation by stating that the "Union and Slavery
cannot exist together. " Aaron Brown asked the body just what the Smith
had received from Clay's omnibus bill:
What has she received for the loss and surrender of
those vast possessions, for California . . . for Utah and
How Mexico? The fugitive slave Bill! What for the loss
of nearly two States proposed to be carved out of Texas ?
The fugitive slave Bill! Truely this bill must be something
new, miraculous. But, NO! it is not new.
What a pass has the country come to when one half
of it has to bribe the other, simply to do its duty under the
Constitution i What a commentary on the fraternal,
Constitution-abiding spirit of the North! Bui, it seems
2®Farrar Newberry, 'Nashville Convention and Southern
Sentiment of Ififl, " South Atlantic quarterly, XI (April, IfllJ* 270.
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Chappell, Ben A. The Southern Unity Movement, thesis, 1956; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc107898/m1/95/: accessed November 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .