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the Senate I announced that, if any respectable man would call me a disunionist, I would answer him in monosyllables. . . . But I have often asserted the right, for which the battles of the revolution were fought—the right of a people to change their government whenever it was found to be oppressive, and subversive of the objects for which governments are instituted-and have contended for the independence and sovereignty of the States, a part of the creed of which Jefferson was the apostle, Madison the expounder, and Jackson the consistent defender.
I have written freely, and more than I designed.
Accept my thanks for your friendly advocacy.
Present me in terms of kind remembrance to your family, and believe me, very sincerely yours, Jefferson Davis.
Note.—No party in Mississippi ever advocated disunion.
They differed as to the mode of securing their rights in the Union, and on the power of a State to secede-neither advocating the exercise of the power.