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Mr. Calhoun

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Tho portrait of this tatesman is well drawn by the correspondent of the N. Y. Herald, as follows: Mr. Cfilhoun is one of those strange men of genius, who sees a great distonce, but only in one direction, who kuows much and tbinka deoply, but id alwnys on one sido of a question or subject, A-liile of the other he is usually ignorant or profoundly ukcoiiscjous. His mind is a wonder, and ifhe could du whole work as wel! as half wodc, lie would be the greatestman of his age. But by that inherent defect - perhaps wisely ordered, ihat hc should not be too powerful - he is never consummate, however great - nor conclusive Jiowever profound - nor clear, however logical. - [Ie secs every thing íhrough a theory. iïe belongs to that class which the French cali men of one idea; aud he is the greateet of his class. traits are named, because they explain his political character and history - lis public Jife and partizan taelics - his past and present course. Thus he will adopt, andirgue an absurdity as ardently and ably as any axiom; and in politics, the most forJorn losition which attracts aml fixes his attention vvill bc pursued with all his energy and power, se?mingly'regardless of the insurmountule obstacies to its attainment or of ils uftcr vorthlcsness when won. His is brilliant and inequallcd as a brigadier, but unfit to marshal he forces of the ñcld. Henee, much aa lic ïas done, it has all been d')ne imperfectly - ■lis political principies are of the same sort - not general, universal and Catholic, but articular, sectional, and peculiar. He does lot see nian as a man, but a man of this connry, and not of this whole country ftiiher, butof bis particular región - as mester and clave, and this is histheory oí' human society. Engressed with this concept ion, lie i;novs nolhn bevond it - but in connection with and in nbordinntion to it, and in his pliiloophy, the ighis of man are the rights of a nmster and a lave, and the whole duty of man the mere uty of a master and a slave. Brilliant and otent ns have been hiscfforts, tbey have on - ginated, operated, and ended in one idea of bonding this country and the world so as to perfect and perpetúate the peculiar institutions of the South. In this one idea he live?, moves, and !:ns his bcing. It is the sim of his sysíem, and he worshijis it with more than pngan idolatry. Thtfd his influcnce at tlie =oi)l Ii rp.stsp!) the blind bigotry of thoso vl)om custoiu has rendered couverts to eterna 1 t-luvery, and is accórdingly ns strong {and subllc as tbc avaxice and indolenco wliich supports its conclusiot?s against all the convictions of the rrjindj t!iP principios of the country and thespint of the ago. He relies, tl)creforc3 on the south nnd its sectional prejudices to sustain him. And lienro. whatever increnses tho power of the south as a sectional power, in Congrcse, in nominating conventions, or in the electoral college, that hc favors, and accounts as his force (o contend with ngainst any opponent or competitor, wliether it shall bc Mr. Tyler, who occupies a centtal position, or Mr. Van Buien frora North.


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