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Chapter 14: Early Foreshadowings opinions of Madison and Rufus King safeguards provided their failure State Interpositions the Kentucky and Virginia resolutions their endorsement by the people in the presidential Elections of 1800 and ensuing terms South Carolina and Calhoun the Compromise of 1833 action of Massachusetts in 1843-45 opinions of John Quincy Adams necessity for secession. From the earliest period, it was foreseen by the wisest of our statesmen that a dan
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It did not lie between the large and small States; it lay between the Northern and Southern; and, if any defensive power were necessary, it ought to be mutually given to these two interests.
Madison Papers, p. 1006.
Rufus King, a distinguished member of the convention from Massachusetts, a few days afterward said, to the same effect: He was fully convinced that the question concerning a difference of interests did not lie where it had hitherto been discussed, between