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MY DEAR SIR I send you the Examiner's Comments on your letter. The article was prepared by one of the most influential members of Parliament who has at all times taken a most prominent lead in the Anti Slavery movement, and I value it the more because you cannot fail to see that I have done much to remove from his mind the prejudice against the south, and especially on the questions of slavery and state rights.
I have also seen Lord Palmerston and several other leading Whigs who were most disposed to go astray on that point and have done much to pledge them to free trade principles without reference to the source from where the produce comes in exchange. Sir Robert Peel is sound in Principle but it is now manifest that he will fold his arms and wait for events. The Anti Corn law league are making great progress and have enlarged their basis so as to go for free trade and against all monopolies. They have just made their report of the proceedings of last year, and have expended about $240,000 and propose expending 500,000$ more the next year in disseminating tracts, delivering lectures and prosecuting all bribery &c at Elections.
The Tories were put into power by the free trade and liberal party, because they had no confidence in the Whigs. Hence Sir Robert Peel was compelled to do more than the Whigs had promised to do. The Whigs are now prepared to go further than the tories and hence the free trade and liberal party will support the Whigs ag't the tories. What I have labored to do is to commit the Whigs in favor of free trade with America and of a favorable arrangement of our boundary. The article in the Examiner, which is one of the most influential of the Whig papers is one step, and I propose before I leave to make arrangements for an active Correspondence, through the press, between the free trade party of England and the free trade party of the United States; I am to see Mr Cobden on Tuesday for this purpose.
As part of my arrangements Mr Senior one of the ablest and most influential writers for the Edingburg Review has agreed to review your life and speeches and Judge Upshur's review of Judge Story's book on the Am. Constitution, and Mr MGregor has promised me that he will adopt and engraft our view of the Constitution and of trade in his great work which he is preparing under the order of the British Government on the Commercial systems of the World. His will be a standard work of great merit and altho he is not a lawyer he will do much in disabusing the European Public as to our character and institutions.
I have written to Judge Upshur requesting him to forward to Mr. c Gregor and Mr Senior Copies of your Life and Speeches and of his review. It is of the first importance that these gentlemen shall be furnished with Copies at an early day, and hope that the Judge will attend to it. ...
- General Green
- Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1899, Calhoun Correspondence.