Greenville, S. C., Aug. 13, 1860.
Messrs. Editors--Enclosed I send you a communication, which you will please publish. You have said the columns of your paper were open to a free discussion of political questions. You will oblige me by giving an early insertion to the enclosed. Yours truly,
B. F. PERRY.
To the Charleston Courier.
It would seem, from the recent publications of Messrs. Keitt, Orr and Boyce, that South Carolina will soon have to secede from the Federal Union, either alone or in company with the other Southern States, or a portion of them. These gentlemen declare that the election of Lincoln to the Presidency is certain--that on the happening of such an event, prompt and immediate secession of the Southern States must ensue.
Is the election of a Chief Magistrate of the Republic sufficient cause for the destruction of the Federal Government and all the horrors of civil war and revolution? This is a grave and momentous question, and should be calmly and dispassionately considered in all its bearings before it is answered by the patriot and statesman. They who consider the union of the States an injury and a curse to the South, and are disunionists per se, will, of course, answer promptly in the affirmative. Their minds are already made up, and their purpose formed. To them it is a matter of no consequence how an event so desirable is brought about.
But there are others who think differently of the Federal Union. They have seen this American Republic, the only free government in the world, prosper and