Delivered in the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES of South Carolina, December 11, 1850, on a number of Propositions referred to the Committee of the Whole on the State and Federal Affairs.
[This Speech GOVERNOR PERRY said he left "as a legacy to his country and his children."]
MR. CHAIRMAN:--l desire to say a few words in explanation of the Resolutions which I had the honor to submit to the House, and which are now before the Committee.
We have been told, Mr. Chairman, by every member who has addressed the Committee, that South Carolina is on the eve of a revolution, that her grievances and oppressions, at the hands of the Federal Government, are such that a free people can no longer submit to them; and that she is bound in honor, and by every consideration of duty and interest, to herself and the other Southern States, to dissolve the Union, and resume her sovereignty as an independent State. These, sir, are grave and momentous questions, and should be coolly, calmly, and dispassionately considered. No one, I am sure, desires the hasty or precipitate action of the State, on matters of such vast importance, involving her existence as a member of the Confederacy, and perhaps the principles of liberty throughout the world.
On these questions, Mr. Chairman, every true son of Carolina should speak forth his feelings -- the convictions of his judgment. He should do so honestly and boldly, without regard to motives of selfishness or ambition. If he differs from the majority he may suggest difficulties which will prompt to greater caution and prudence on the part of those who are steering the ship