Letter, 23 June 1832 (Greenville, S.C.), from| Manuscripts Gifts 2009 | Front Page 2009 | Previous Issues | Friends of the Library |
William Choice to Robert F. Hayne
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Letter, 23 June 1832,of William Choice (Greenville, S.C.) to Robert Y. Hayne (Washington, D.C.), reflecting the political climate of South Carolina in the years following the Tariff of 1828. Choice solicits Hayne’s assistance in obtaining a copy of a letter written the previous winter by John H. Harrison "in which he made some important declarations on the subject of the Tariff" that Choice termed "utterly inconsistent with his present course." | Manuscripts Gifts 2009 | Previous Issues | Endowments | Friends of the Library |
Reputedly, Harrison had written that "if Congress did not pass some Act during the present Session, affording effectual relief to the South against oppres¬sion there would be one voice in S. Carolina and that would be in favour of assistance, intimating strongly that such would be his own course."
Now a candidate for public office on the States Rights ticket, Choice was campaigning against Harrison, whom he characterized in the letter as "the most indefatigable, influential and zealous of the Union men," and hoped "to have the means of putting some check on him." "If there be no impropriety in it," he therefore asked that Hayne "send...the original letter or a copy of so much of it as relates to this subject. No improper use shall be made of it, but if he did write such an one as I hear, it may properly be held over him in terrorem."