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

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I remember an instance of this trait of his character when the Legislature of South Carolina passed the Act calling the convention to frame the ordinance of secession. I was a member of the Legislature at the time, and, when the bill came up on its final passage in the House, Mr. Perry, afterwards Governor, voted the solitary negative that was cast against it.

This action, which was in opposition to the overwhelming sentiment of the State, I have always regarded as an instance of moral heroism, worthy of "Plutarch's men."

There are many things I could write about the career of your distinguished husband; for his name from my boyhood has been as "familiar to me as household words," but they would be out of place in a mere letter of acknowledgment.

He leaves behind him for the example of the youth of the State: "Nomen, venerabile, clarumque."


Letter from Col. JOSEPH N. BROWN, an ex-Confederate Colonel.

Anderson, S. C., November 9, 1887.

Mrs. B. F. PERRY:

Dear Madam.--I have received the second edition of the Memorial of the late ex-Governor B. F. Perry and address before the Literary Societies of Erskine College, for which please accept my thanks. I esteem them the most valued treasures of my library.

It was my fortune once to witness one of those grand displays of his boldness and independence, prompted by his convictions, for which he was noted.

It was during the recess of the court at Laurens, on the 7th of November, 1860, when the news of Lincoln's, election reached us. Then followed the news that the

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