platform of principles, but went no further then.
They refrained from nominating a candidate for the Presidency of the Republic, and refused to listen to a proposition to send forth an address to the people.
Their appointed work for the present was finished.
They had accomplished the positive disruption of the Democratic party, which, as a Southern historian of the war says, had become demoralized on the Slavery question, and were unreliable and rotten,
First Year of the War: by Edward A. Pollard.
Richmond, 1862, page 28. because they held independent views on that great topic of national discussion.
The paralysis or destruction of that party would give the Presidency to a Republican candidate, and then the conspirators would have a wished — for pretext for rebellion.
When, in 1832 and 1833, Calhoun and his associates in South Carolina attempted to strike a deadly blow at our nationality, they made a protective tariff, which they called an oppression of the cotton-growing