In it he says the affairs of the country are growing worse, instead of better, and hope is still more diminished.
Alluding to the condition of South Carolina, he says there is no other alternative but to collect the revenues and protect the public property there.
It is his duty to execute the laws of the nation —
In this, our heaviest calamity, let a trial be made, before we plunge into the assumption that there is no alternative.
Let us have reflection.--Would that South Carolina had reflected.
He appeals to Congressmen to say, in their might, that the Union shall and must be preserved, and recommends them to devote themselves to es as reasons why he refused to send troops to Charleston harbor, that this would have furnished a pretext, if not provocation, for aggression, on the part of South Carolina, Referring to Major Anderson, he says that officer could not, before he left Fort Moultrie, have held the place more than forty-eight or sixty hours.