Biographical Sketches of Eminent American Statesmen, with Speeches, Addresses and Letters

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ADDRESS
To the Democracy of the Fifth Congressional District in South Carolina, May 28, 1860.

Having been honored by your delegates in the Democratic Convention of South Carolina, at Columbia, with a seat in the National Democratic Convention in Charleston, and having differed with the majority of my colleagues in that Convention, I deem it proper to address you in explanation of my course. This is more imperative now, since District meetings have been held at all of your Court Houses, approving the course of my colleagues in seceding from the Charleston Convention. I thought at the time that I was fairly representing the feelings and instructions of those who sent me, and that my course would, at least, be approved by the Convention party of the Fifth Congressional District. Hear me, and judge for yourselves with candor and impartiality.

It is well known that the recent Charleston Convention was composed of delegates representing the "National Democracy of South Carolina," as distinguished from the "Secession party" of South Carolina, calling themselves the "States' Rights Democracy," who repudiated the Charleston Convention, and would have no representation in it. I thought the object of the party which assembled in Columbia was three-fold--to preserve the National Democratic party of the Union; to harmonize and agree on a platform which would embody the general political sentiments of that party; and to unite on suitable candidates for the Presidency and Vice-Presidency of the United States. I knew that the Secession party of South Carolina, or anti-Convention party, were anxious to

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • P R E F a C E. v
  • Introduction vii
  • An Outline Of Governor Perry's Life. 1
  • Editorial Comments. 13
  • Action of The House of Representatives Of South Carolina. 19
  • Proceedings Of The Greenville Bar. 27
  • Proceedings in The Court of Common Pleas. Greenville, April 6th, 1887. 37
  • Fourth of July Oration. 47
  • An Address 65
  • Address - Delivered Before the Literary Societies of Erskine College, Abbeville District, S. C., on the Fifth Anniversary, Sept. 18, 1844 85
  • Speech 111
  • Speech of B. F. Perry, Of South Carolina. 145
  • Address - To the Democracy of the Fifth Congressional District in South Carolina, May 28, 1860. 153
  • Disunion. 171
  • The National Democratic Convention in Charleston, 1860. 186
  • United States Senator. 190
  • National Restoration. 191
  • Editorials - Approving of the Nomination of Governor Perry for Congress. 204
  • The Ancients and the Moderns. - A Comparison 217
  • Sketches Of Eminent American Statemen. 243
  • John Adams. 248
  • John Rutledge. 254
  • William H. 270
  • Patrick Henry. 279
  • Alexander Hamilton. 289
  • Benjamin Franklin. 308
  • William Pinkney. 329
  • Thomas Jefferson. 339
  • James Madison. 350
  • John Randolph. 382
  • John Jay. 393
  • Oliver Ellsworth. 403
  • William Smith. 410
  • Henry Laurens. 420
  • Gouverneur Morris. 428
  • William Henry Drayton. 441
  • Charles Pickney. 447
  • Arthur Middleton. 454
  • Pierce Butler. 459
  • Theophilus Parsons. 478
  • David Ramsay. 496
  • Fisher Ames. 518
  • Felix Grundy. 546
  • Edward Livingston. 555
  • Wade Hampton. 564
  • Thomas Sumter. 570
  • Colonel Benjamin Cleveland. 577
  • Colonel Benjamin Roebuck. 592
  • Letter from Dr. F. Peyre Porcher. 599
  • Letter from James P. Adams. 600
  • Letter from Col. Joseph N. Brown, an Ex-Confederate Colonel. 601
  • Extract from a Letter Written by a Gentle Man in Charleston to Gov. Perry. 602
  • Monument to Governor Perry. 608
  • Index. 611
  • Errata. 613
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