Cherokee Phoenix


Published April, 14, 1832

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We feel it to be our duty to lay the following before our readers, corresponding as it does with information which has reached us from other sources:-National Intelligencer.


From the Savannah Georgian.

Extract of a letter, dated

Charleston, March 3, 1831.

The state of public feeling here, and probably throughout South Carolina is, to say the least of it, alarming. Nothing is talked of but Nullification and its probable consequence; and the excitement grown since the manifesto of the Nullifiers, adopted at the Convention,was sent forth on Monday. I do not know what will be the upshot of this business, but the party does seem determined to proceed to do the very worst it has threatened. The consequence is, people, particularly the moderate part, look on with dismay, and 'tis possible some of the violent view it also as hasty and ill-advised. It is understood here, that if Congress does not essentially modify the tariff, a special session of the Legislature will be called immediately after its adjournment, who will adopt measurers to render it a nullity; though civil war, dis-union, 'c. 'c., may follow. Depend upon it, the crisis is at hand, and the efficiency of Nullification will probably shortly be tested. The following, the concluding paragraph of an address to the people of Chester District, South Carolina, by the committee appointed to draw it up, shows the high state of excitement of the public mind:-

'FELLOW CITIZENS:- Your country is in danger and the subject need be no longer disguised. It is apparent that there are men in the midst of us who are urging the State into a hostile contest with our own Government, and who are looking to England for assistance to rescue them from the dilemma consequent upon such a consent. Yes, to the degenerate and corrupt Government of Old England against whose wicked misrule the noble army of religious martyrs is yet hearing testimony; a Government which, in its unrighteous and unhallowed lust for domination, has shed the blood of men from the shores of Scandinavia to the plains of Hindustan, and which is now denying to its own citizens the inestimable right of an equal representation-to the Government we are to look for assistance in the event of a struggle with the Government of the United States. To those of our opponents who yet retain their American feelings, and who have been deluded into an opposition to their own country, we say-come out from among them and be separate. By the eternal principle of liberty, therefore by the immortal memory of Washington, and by the blood of your fathers which was poured out like water for the establishment of the American Union and American independence, and which cries to Heaven against every plan of disorganization, we conjure you to be up and doing. If other districts prefer the black and piratical and traitorous banner of Nullification, and the bloody flag of Old England, let it be known, that when the standard of liberty, and the broad stripes and bright stars of the American Union shall be unfurled to the breeze, the people of Chester will be proud to acknowledge themselves among its most strenuous supporters.'