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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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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