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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 14. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Calhoun—Nullification explained. (search)
lhoun's wrong. But to answer Calhoun's argument, thirty years after his death, by calling him a liar — will that meet the approval of cultured New England? The very passage, selected for quotation by Dr. von Holst, proves that Calhoun rested his defence of the annexation of Texas--not on the avowals of Lord Aberdeen's dispatch, but on the state of things, one important element of which, though previously made known by the remarks of Lords Brougham and Aberdeen in the House of Lords in August, 1843 (two months before Upshur's formal proposition of annexation), was for the first time avowed in an official dispatch to this Government by Lord Aberdeen six months later. Dr. von Holst's disingenuous effort to make it appear that Calhoun rested his defence on the avowals of Lord Aberdeen, and not on the state of things, and that Calhoun, therefore, lied, because the facts were known before the avowals were made, is a malus-puer-ility which, if admissible in the heat and passion of an act