“But the name of South Carolina, most unaccountably to him (John C. Calhoun), seemed always to evoke in certain quarters even in the South, a peculiar sentiment of dread. What had she done, that gallant sister of the ancient and primitive thirteen, to inspire aversion or incite contumely? Did she falter in the revolution? Never---always its defender!
But the ignorant calumniator says she nullified. The charge was untrue; she never nullified a federal statute; but her voice has been shrill and clear in the cause of right, and her opposition invincible to wrong. Why charge upon South Carolina the sin of Massachusetts? Massachusetts nullifies both the statute and organic law; South Carolina is consistently obedient to both; yet Massachusetts is eulogized, South Carolina derided.”
(Jefferson Davis, May 29, 1857, speech at Jackson, Mississippi)