Thomas Cooper to MVB , 5 July 1827
Columbia S. Carolina
July 5. 1827
Clay will succeed in making a great diversion in Penna. You shall have half a dozen or more memorials to Congress from this State against the Tariff. Charleston, Columbia, Colleton, Edgefield have already met. Meetings are going on; and feelings are becoming hourly more exasperated. Now for prediction & <
By the time the Legislature meets, the members will be ripe for a motion to order our representatives away from Congress, if the woollen bill should be carried. The current of public opinion ^here^ sets decidedly that way. The next Step, which I think will adopted by this time twelve month, if the American System is pushed, will be, to separate & declare Charleston a Free port. All this is my conjecture (or rather my firm persuasion) now: what time will actually produce, I cannot know.
I will send you our resolutions in next Friday’s paper, and my speech in the paper of the week after.
Accept my assurances of great respect, & my best wishes.