CARLESTON December 24 1
ToU the Peszdent and -Deeates of- the 'Contvention.
f the Independent State of South Carolina:
Gentlemen: I have this moment- been informed tliat you
did me the honor by tesoluto to invite me to a seat
oil the floor of the Convention.Iamwnignlnuge
$gentlemen, adequately to express the feelings this very
unexpected courtesy at your hands has given rise to. In
; the whole course of life, now near half a century-a
lienten irely devoid of incidents calculated to inspire a
laudable, man y ~d- aenvr felt so honored as in being privileged to a seat among those, who, smarting under wrongs inflicted by the hands of a perverted government, hvwith an unanimity and firmness unparalleled, broken the link of union with faithless confederates, and are engaged in the, high, laudable, (may I not say) holy purpose of impr-ovising ~a government which shall "confer the greatest liberty consistent with the rights, liberty and happiness of the go1.verned." I may say to you, without subjecting myself to the charge of. treason, that I approve of every act of your Convention, in so far as known to me, in every particular. Your Ordinance is, in good taste, to
the point, and covers te wole ground.
Permit me to assure you; gentlemen, that gallant little
Florida, will be the next to follow your wise and patriotic lead. Upon the meeting of~ the Convention, Florida will as certainly as anything in the future can. be certain, wheel immediately into line with the gallant old Palmetto. We are identified with you in interest, in feeling, in determination not to submit to Black Republican rule, and a coinmon destiny, must be o-urs.
I regret exceedingly that urgent official duties, which I
may not, in prudence, postpone, will deprive me of the
pleasure of availing myself of your kindly courtesy.
With a tender of my sincere thanks, for the 'honor con~ferred, I am, gentlemen,