The answer was that it was not my opinion that war should be occasioned by the exercise of that right, but that it would be.
Judge Sharkey and I had not belonged to the same political party, he being a Whig, but we fully agreed with regard to the question of the sovereignty of the states.
He had been an advocate of nullification—a doctrine to which I had never assented, and which had at one time been the main issue in Mississippi politics.
He had presided over the well-remembered Nashville convention in 1849, and had possessed much influence in the state, not only as an eminent jurist, but as a citizen who had grown up with it, and held many offices of honor and trust.
On my way to Montgomery, brief addresses were made at various places, at which there were temporary stoppages of the train, in response to calls from the crowds assembled at such points.
Some of these addresses were grossly misrepresented in sensational reports made by irresponsible persons, which were pub