The convictions of her leading men were, doubtless, Pro-Slavery and Anti-Tariff; but their aspirations and exasperations likewise tended to confirm them in the course on which they had resolved and entered.
and Mr. Calhoun
had become estranged and hostile not long after their joint election as President
, in 1828. Mr. Calhoun
's sanguine hopes of succeeding to the Presidency had been blasted.
Mr. Van Buren
supplanted him as Vice-President
in 1832, sharing in Jackson
's second and most decided triumph.
And, though the Tariff of 1828 had been essentially modified during the preceding session of Congress, South Carolina
proceeded, directly after throwing away her vote in the election of 1832, to call a Convention of her people, which met at her Capitol on the 19th of November.
That Convention was composed of her leading politicians of the Calhoun school
, with the heads of her great families, forming a respectable and dignified assemblage.
The net result of its labors was an Ordinance of Nullification, drafted by a grand Committee of twenty-one, and adopted with entire unanimity.
By its terms, the existing Tariff was formally pronounced “null, void, and no law, nor binding on this State, its officers, or citizens,” and the duties on imports imposed by that law were forbidden to be paid within the State of South Carolina
after the 1st day of February ensuing.
The Ordinance contemplated an act of the Legislature nullifying the Tariff as aforesaid; and prescribed that no appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States
against the validity of said act should be permitted; no copy of the proceedings should be taken for the purpose of making such appeal; and any attempt to appeal to the Judiciary of the United States
from any decision of a State court affirming and upholding this Ordinance, should be “dealt with as for a contempt of the court” thus upholding and affirming.
Every office-holder of the State
, and “every juror” was required expressly to swear to obey this Ordinance, and all legislative acts based thereon.
Should the Federal Government
undertake to enforce the law thus nullified, or in any manner to harass or obstruct the foreign commerce of the State
, South Carolina
should there-upon consider herself no longer a member of the Federal Union:
The people of this State will thenceforth hold themselves absolved from all further obligation to maintain or preserve their political connection with the people of the other States, and will forthwith proceed to organize a separate government, and do all other acts and things which sovereign and independent States may of right do.
Thus was Nullification1
embodied in an Ordinance preparatory to its reduction to practice.
The Legislature, in which the Nullifiers were an overwhelming majority, elected Mr. Webster
's luckless antagonist, Robert Y. Hayne
of the State
; and the Governor
, in his Message, thoroughly indorsed the action of the nullifying Convention, whereof he had been a member.
I recognize, “said he,” no allegiance as paramount to that which the citizens of South Carolina owe to the State of their birth or their adoption.
I here publicly declare, and wish it to be distinctly understood, that I shall hold myself bound, by the highest of all obligations, to carry into effect, not only the Ordinance of the Convention,