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the largest assertion of their rights. It may be that Mr. Buchanan is the friend of South Carolina. I do not say that he is, nor do I assert that he is not. I admit no other conclusion from events transpiring before me except that, in the issue now before the country, the President of the United States will consummate this declaration which will inevitably arouse war with the incoming President. The forts — conversation of the South Carolina Congressmen with the President. Mr. Miles.--I did not suppose that there would be any discussion on the various delicate matters coming before this Convention, before the rising of the Committees; with all deference, therefore, to the gentlemen who have spoken, I may say that this discussion is quite premature. I desire, however, as the discussion has progressed thus far, to say a few words. I am, as members are already perhaps aware, very recently from Washington. I went there with my colleagues for the purpose of informing my