'I am a member of the State Convention, and have just returned from its session. In that body I heard expressions and opinions, which convinced me that there was and ever had been, lurking at the bottom of nullification, a fixed and settled design to dissolve the Union, and set up a Southern Confederacy. The project has been abandoned for the present, in consequence of the disapprobation which it has met with from the Southern States. If they had shown any disposition to aid South Carolina in her unnatural struggle she never would have accepted of Mr. Clay's modification of the Tariff.'
'A letter in the same paper, of April 27, 1833, from one of the most respectable citizens of South Carolina, confesses that he has come to the conclusion that there is a party there whose object is to bring about a Southern Confederacy, and ultimately a separation of the Union. He contends that the 'nullification of the tariff was one of the schemes by which these politicians hoped to accomplish their object; that in this they have been foiled, as they could not get a single State to join them. They have now changed their ground. They will new seek to form a confederacy by showing its necessity to secure their property in slaves.' Hayne, Harper, Hamilton, McDuffie, and Turnbull have openly declared that the battle with the General Government was not over, that it is just commenced. They correspond extensively with others in Southern States who labor to disseminate their principles.' "
Some have surmised that the South was trying to creat a Southern Union based on the institution of slavery prior to the Nullification Crisis. If this was the central issue, if the South was worried about protecting their slavery institution in 1833, why make up an issue like Nullification first and then change their ground to something that they believe will really work, like slavery?