South Carolina and Secession

June 6, 1851

Under the Refuge of Oppression column, from the Charleston Mercury, is an article signed “Cogitator”.  It calls for South Carolina to secede from the Union.  “The only means of obtaining security for the future is the dissolution of the Union. Redress for the past is hopeless. …   No other state seems prepared to resist the common oppression; therefore, if South Carolina wishes the benefit of the above means, she must resort to them herself alone, by dissolving the Union, so far as her connection with it is concerned. … our right to secede is unquestionable and perfect, because the compact has been repeatedly violated, both by many of the contracting parties, and the Federal agent, in spite of our remonstrances…..”