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He declared himself ready, too, to enforce the laws --the enactments of the Missouri mob — and to spill his life's blood if necessary to do it. Unluckily he did not deem it necessary to shed his blood — as the future historian and probably Calhoun's own posterity will record with regret. With Falstaff's valor and Falstaff's prudence, he kept himself distant from the battle-field — reserving his strength and ability for another day. His services to slavery, in the Lecompton Constitutionalolitical complexion of that assembly was in his own hands. The defeat of the conspiracy in Congress prevented the completion of the plot. Jack Henderson, his creature — he whose action in the matter of the Delaware crossing put everything in Calhoun's power--United States Senators, State Government and Legislature — the continuance or the abolishment of slavery in Kansas--as far, at least, as political power, under the peculiar circumstances, could have affected slavery, was received at