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MY DEAR ANDREW, . . . As to the Presidential election, my impression remains unchanged; that Gen'l. Harrison will be defeated, and such, I think, begins to be the prevailing opinion here.
As far as I am concerned I think the indications are very favourable. I certainly never had more control over measures, and I think the publick opinion is gradually coming round to our principles and policy. I keep one great object in view, to which I make every move subordinate; to expelling the whole system of federal consolidation measures, and to give the government a fresh start, in the state rights direction. If it can be accomplished, it would be one of the most remarkable revolutions ever effected without force and would give the Government a new lease for its existence. As far as I can learn, publick opinion remains sound and undisturbed in our state.
- John C. Calhoun
- Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1899, Calhoun Correspondence.