Preston Brooks Honored

July 4, 1856

Here is a letter to Brooks, conveying from its admiring signers, the gift of a golden cane, “in consequence of your recent chastisement of the Senator from Massachusetts”.  A grateful response from Brooks, says in part, “The act which you are pleased to commend was the result of a sense of duty – a duty which either of my colleagues would have performed, had they been in my precise situation.  I accept the Palmetto cane as an evidence of the generosity of my friends in Charleston, and not of any merit of my own.

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