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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Toombs, Robert 1810-1885 (search)
ry loins. He demanded the right of going into all Territories with slaves as property, and that property to be protected by the national government. You say no, he said; you and the Senate say No; the House says No; and throughout the length and breadth of your whole conspiracy against the Constitution there is one shout of No! It is the price of my allegiance. Withhold it, and you can't get my obedience. There is the philosophy of the armed men that have sprung up in this country; and I had rather see the population of my own, my native land, beneath the sod than that they should support for one hour such a government. He was expelled from the Senate on March 14, 1861; became a member of the Confederate convention at Montgomery in February, 1861; was made Secretary of State of the provisional government then established; and left the office in September and became a brigadiergeneral in the Confederate army. He died in Washington, Ga., Dec. 15, 1885. See Stephens, Alexander H.