The Democratic Machine, 1850-1854

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CHAPTER XIII
THE COHESIVE POWER OF THE PUBLIC PLUNDER

THE policy of the administration soon bore fruit. It was of a different variety than had been expected. Protests came from the south. In that section the Union Democrats such as Cobb, Downs, Clemens, and Foote had expected to receive the lion's share. But John A. Campbell had been appointed to the highest tribunal of the nation and Soulé, Borland, Gadsden and Trousdale had been offered foreign missions. These men were an offense unto all Compromise supporters--they were secessionists. Editorials appeared in the union papers and protesting letters were sent to Washington. The President was accused of throwing overboard the Baltimore platform of 1852, of giving the union men the principles and the states rights men the spoils.1 The Union countered with the statement that union men such as Slidell and Jackson had been named to important posts, and that the state officers had been divided evenly; as for Soulé, Gadsden, Trousdale, Borland--their eminent fitness put them above politics.2 The truth of the matter was that the administration considered this union party in the south to be largely Whig; this was true, and

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1
Philadelphia Public Ledger, April 12, 1853; Mobile Daily Advertiser, Mar. 20, April 10, May 18, 1853; Natchez Courier, Mar. 31, April 14, April 15, April 29, 1853; N. Y. Herald, June 3, 27, 1853; Howell Cobb to Marcy, April 25, H. K. Jackson to Marcy, June 1, G. W. Jones to Marcy, May 19, Geo. S. Houston to Marcy, July 9, 1853, Marcy MSS.; New Hampshire Patriot, June 15, 1853.
2
Washington Union, June 25, 1853.

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