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

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taken place in all the modern governments compared to those of antiquity. Despotisms are less despotic, kingdoms less arbitrary and oppressive, and republics more wise and free. The American cluster of republics, when first established, was a great improvement on those of Greece and Rome. It was a representative republic, blending the strength of monarchy with the wisdom of an aristocracy and the virtue of democracy. Instead of the people assembling en masse to make laws, as they did in Greece and Rome, they choose representatives for their wisdom and virtue to legislate for them, and hold them responsible for their legislation. But in order to maintain a republic there must be virtue and intelligence in the people. A republic cannot exist long where the people, the source of all power and honor, are ignorant and corrupt. The downfall of the republics of antiquity was owing to the corruption of the people, and the wealth, luxury and idleness of the higher classes.

It is to be greatly apprehended that our cluster of republics may go, in the same way. The new element of universal African suffrage, thrown into our State governments by the unwise and unconstitutional legislation of Congress will speedily end our Southern institutions unless some measure is taken to control this black power. This negro element is a total perversion of the object of the American republic. It was intended to be a white man's government and nothing else. What would its framers have thought? What would they have said? What would they have done if they could have foreseen the government of six or seven States falling under the absolute control of their slaves? Would they not have said it was better to remain British Provinces than become Sovereign States?


DEMORALIZATION OF SOCIETY.

There has been, too, a terrible demoralization of society in the United States since our unfortunate civil

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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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