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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 27. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.13 (search)
acted calmly. It was at this great and decisive meeting that the memorable debate occurred between Mr. Roger A. Pryor, the young editor of The South, a weekly, published at Richmond, of extreme Southern rights' character, supported by William Ballard Preston, and Henry W. Hilliard, on our side, and William Lowndes Yancey, a lawyer, of Montgomery, on the other side. The report of the committee from the Knoxville meeting of the year before was submitted by its chairman, J. D. B. De Bow, editoher the forbidding ultimately of an original constitutional guarantee, existing in the form of a compromise between the sections in an organic law, could become valid under any enactment less than a constitutional amendment. Messrs. Pryor and Preston, of Virginia, and Mr. Hilliard, of Alabama, contended for unconstitutional rejection of De Bow's report favoring the re-opening of the trade. Mr. Yancey saw his opportunity to discuss the encroachments of the Abolitionists upon the Constituti