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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 14. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Calhoun—Nullification explained. (search)
colleague, Mr. Preston, had moved in the Senate, and Mr. Thompson, of South Carolina, had also moved in the House of Representatives, to declare annexation expedient. Several State Legislatures, as those of Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee, had agitated the question with hot zeal, unreservedly avowing that they did so upon grounds somewhat local in their complexion, but of an import infinitely grave and interesting to the people who inhabit the southern portion of the Confederacy. In December, 1841, it was a public secret in the political circles of Washington that Tyler had again taken up the annexation project. It had in fact never been abandoned, but only temporarily put off the order of the day, because, for various reasons, the time had not been deemed opportune. But on October 16, 1843, more than two months before Lord Aberdeen's dispatch was written, and more than four months before it was delivered, Upshur had made the formal proposition of annexation. Whether Calhoun ha