upon their lips, to deceive and arouse into rebellion the masses of the Southern people, who
William L. Yancey. regarded them as oracles.
Like an incarnation of Discord, Yancey cried, substantially as he had written two years before:--Organize committees all over the Cotton States; fire the Southern heart; instruct the Southern mind; give courage to each other; and at the. proper moment, by one organized, concerted action, precipitate the Cotton States into revolution.
Letter to James Slaughter, June 15, 1858.
This advice was instantly followed when the election of Mr. Lincoln was assured by the decision of the ballot-box, on the 6th of November.
Indeed, before that decision was made, South Carolina conspirators — disciples and political successors of John C. Calhoun
John Caldwell Calhoun, of South Carolina, always appears in history as the central figure of a group of politicians who, almost forty years ago, adopting the disunion theories put forth by a few Virginians