"If these infernal fanatics and abolitionists ever get power in their hands, they will override the Constitution, set Supreme Court at defiance, change and make laws to suit themselves, lay violent hands on those who differ with them in their opinion, or dare question their infallibility; and, finally, bankrupt the country, and deluge it with blood!"
Daniel Webster, Secretary of State, Senator from Massachusetts, Member of the House.
Just exactly what the South feared, and what happened. Strange that it comes from a Massachetts Senator. But not so strange that it comes for such a stateman as Daniel Webster.