from the legislature to the people, he had taken a prominent part and became recognized as one of the most positive and active of Southern leaders.
In his address Governor Jackson
traced the origin and growth of the anti-slavery party, and showed that it was in violation of the letter and spirit of the Constitution
, sectional, inimical to the rights and interests of the State
, and a menace to the perpetuity of the Union
He reviewed in detail the situation, as far as Missouri
was concerned, and declared that safety and honor alike demanded that the State
should make common cause with the other Southern States.
‘The destiny of the slaveholding States of the Union
is one and the same,’ he said.
‘The identity rather than the similarity of their domestic institutions; their political principles and party usages; their common origin, pursuits, tastes, manners, and customs; their territorial contiguity and commercial relations—all contribute to combine them together in one sisterhood.
will, in my opinion, best consult her own interests and the interests of the whole country by a timely declaration of her determination to stand by her sister slaveholding States, in whose wrongs she participates and with whose institution and people she sympathizes.’
He objected to a congressional compromise of existing difficulties as temporary and ineffective, as had been demonstrated by experience, and advocated additional constitutional guarantees.
In conclusion he recommended the calling of a State convention and a thorough re-organization of the State
In popular estimation the governor's address was not a strong document.
It lacked in nerve and decision.
It did not meet the requirements of the times.
The people were intensely excited, and knew intuitively that the impending danger was great and the time for preparation to meet it short.
The address went too far for a peace document, and not far enough for a call on the part of the