John C. Calhoun

March 15, 1850

“Among the half a dozen men in Congress, the utterance of whose sentiments, in times of deep excitement, command the national attention, and exert in all sections of the country a strong influence over the popular mind, for good or evil, Mr. Calhoun stands prominent.  Yet he has no breadth of character, no greatness of spirit, no generosity of purpose, no comprehensiveness of view.  No man was ever more sectional in his feelings and aims. 
In no aspect does he present an American front; he is a Southern man against the North; the welfare of the South, not of the republic is the object of solicitude; the extension and perpetuity of slavery, not the preservation and enlargement of liberty, are the ends of his public labors……”

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