James Madison Papers

[Nicholas P. Trist] to James Madison, 23 November 1832

Novr. 23. 1832

Thinking on this subject last night in bed, it occurred to me that the most effectual way to keep these madmen in check, would be for the upper country in S. C.—(the only part of the state which is self-sufficient for the purposes of internal security, and which is decidedly against nullification) to say to the others, we here part company. If you choose to pursue this course, we will not; and we will apply to the Union for admission into it; as a State, or as part of one of the adjoining states.

RC (ViHi: Nicholas P. Trist Album Book).

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