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tic peace and future prosperity of the State depended upon secession from their faithless and perjured confederates.
He alluded to the argument of some, that no action should be taken until they knew whether the policy of the new Administration would be hostile to their interests or not; and, with the gravity of the most earnest disciple of Calhoun, he flippantly said:--My countrymen, if we wait for an overt act of the Federal Government, our fate will be that of the white inhabitants of St. Domingo.
What is this Government?
It is but the trustee, the common agent of all the States, appointed by them to manage their affairs, according to a written constitution, or power of attorney.
Should the Sovereign States then — the principals and the partners in the association — for a moment tolerate the idea that their action must be graduated by the will of their agent?
The idea is preposterous.
This was but another mode of expressing the doctrine of State Supremac