Chicago (IL) Tribune, "A Seceder's Opinion in 1851," November 16, 1860

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    "A Seceder's Opinion in 1851," Chicago (IL) Tribune, November 16, 1860, p. 2: 2.
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    Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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    Hon. W. W. Boyce, a leading member of Congress from South Carolina, is a supporter of the Secession movement. In 1851 he took strong ground against Secession, and in a letter to the “Southern Rights Convention,” held in Charleston that year, he presented twelve unanswerable objections against the proposition to secede, closing with the following declaration;

    For the various reasons I have stated, I object in as strong as terms as I can to the secession of South Carolina. Such is the intensity of my conviction upon the subject, that, if secession should take place - OF WHICH I HAVE NO IDEA, for I cannot believe in the existence of such a stupendous madness - I shall consider the institution of slavery as doomed, and that the Great God in our blindness has made us the instruments of its destruction.

    The present attitude of Mr. Boyce would indicate that he has reached the point of “stupendous madness” the existence of which he doubted in 1851, and that in his “blindness” he is ready to become an “instrument” for the destruction of slavery.

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