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It is not the first battle I have had to fight, single-handed and alone, against friend and foe, until the people came to the rescue, and forced the politicians to take the same course. I have not forgotten the scenes of 1841: they are about to be re-enacted.
When I presented my views in the address referred to, I had hoped there would be no farther occasion, for the present at least, that I should have more to say. But four of my colleagues - to wit, Mr. Pendleton, Mr. Preston, Mr. Fulton, and Mr. Flournoy - have published a pamphlet, intended as an answer to mine, which, in regard to some of its facts and deductions, I purpose briefly, and very briefly, to notice. There is an ill-concealed vein, or attempt at irony, lurking through the piece, which I shall pass without observation, only-for the reason that I feel that I am as far above its reach, as the attempt itself is unworthy of consideration. I seek no controversy with these gentlemen, or any others: I have indulged in no acrimonious remarks in reference to any individual: I have sought to disparage no one: I made no personal allusion to any one of the four except to Mr. Preston, and then in terms of respect and kindness: nor would they, if strength of argument had availed them, have been disposed to use so impotent an instrument against me, even under cover and disguise. Argument failing, a feeble effort at disparagement is adopted. Be it so. Let their tastes be gratified. I have a higher object to accomplish than to suffer this question to degenerate into a personal controversy - to see who can pen the sharpest and most pungent paragraph. I yield, without a sacrifice of vanity or pride, to the chivalric four.
The self-satisfaction and amiable complacency with which they look upon their own handicraft, and view their own position, is amusing! Having accomplished all they sought - to wit, the overthrow of Mr. Clay in Virginia - they cannot tolerate the idea that their triumph is to be disturbed by any manner of complaint from those who have been wronged: we must not appeal to those most interested, to repair that wrong, from an apprehension that an ill gained victory may be snatched from their grasp, even in the hour of rejoicing. It is more than intimated that it was an 'unjustifiable arrogance' in me to complain of the proceedings of the convention, or to address myself 'to the Whigs of Virginia:' and now I take a wider field, and address myself to the whole Whig party of the United States. Perhaps these honorable gentlemen may be better reconciled to mv familiarity and freedom with the Whigs of Virginia, when I tell them, that I never shouted pæ:ans to Jacksonism - that I never slided off from Jacksonism to Calhounism, nor from Calhounism to Conservatism, nor from Conservatism to Whigism, and will not now slide off from Whigism into 'No-partyism:' and that my purpose is to keep united and indissoluble the Whig party, and not to break it up. I have been a Whig from the beginning, and a Whig all the time: and a Whig, true, genuine, and unadulterated, I mean to live and die: it is by my principles, and not 'by the decision of Virginia, through good or evil, that I mean to stand or fall:' otherwise I should have been a Jackson man in 1828, again in 32: a Van Buren man in '36, again in '40: a Polk man in '44, and the man of some other Democrat in '48: but, as my attachment to majorities may be less than theirs, it may account for the difference between us.
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