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The Origin of the Conflict

the least savor of disaffection toward the government. The efforts of both William C. Preston and William Harper to answer Byniun were pronounced failures.[1]

"One of the People," dating his letter from Pineville, now started a series of articles to show the dangers of disunion. He said that Colleton, Richland, and Abbeville, the districts which had been most clamorous on the subject of state rights and the federal government's usurpations, had lost sight of the original purpose of the State Rights party and had come to think too much of immediate and unconditional separation from the Union; they had perverted the state rights doctrines and misled the people simply for their own selfish ends.[2] Many other writers kept the Courier supplied with anti-disunion copy.[3] Some of the anti-tariff meetings during the summer had features which attracted special attention. For example, at the Columbia meeting Professor Robert Henry, of South Carolina College, moved

  1. Courier, July 9, 1828.
  2. Courier, July 12, 1828.
  3. In the Courier, on July 22, 1828, "A Citizen of the U.S." started a series of articles. On July 25, "A Southern" appeared. Soon "Lowndes" followed, and then many others in August. On August 28 "Union" began a series.