The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 265
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Samuel Price Carson.
a crowd at Morganton, called together in 1833 to censure him
for his course in adhering to Calhoun and opposing Jackson. A
two days' meeting was announced to be held at the Presbyterian
church, and on the first day Col. B. S. Gaither, then quite a young
man, delivered a well considered speech that was very creditable
to the man and the occasion. The program for the next day was
a speech by Colonel W., the most eminent lawyer of that day and
place, and then the adoption of the resolutions of censure. Colonel
W. was not without a weakness known to Carson, as the sequel
shows. 'To the surprise of all, as the bell was ringing the next
morning to summon the indignant clans to the meeting, Carson's
carriage drove up. He alighted, and, entering the church, walked
down the aisle to the pulpit and took his stand immediately in
front of the audience. When the crowd had gathered, he arose
and appealed in a most beseeching tone to all present to say whether
it was fair to convict him of misrepresenting his constituents with-
out giving him a hearing. The crowd then voted in favor of hear-
ing him to speak first, and for Col. W. to reply. While he deliv-
ered a most eloquent speech that charmed his audience generally,
he had before him a pitcher of brandy toddy. He made a clear pre-
sentation of the principle of a tariff for revenue only, showed how
a protective tariff violated the letter and spirit of the Constitution,
and boldly and logically showed that a State had the right to nul-
lify unconstitutional legislation. Before opening his argument he
poured out a glass of toddy and gave it to Colonel W., with the
compliments of the occasion, then drank one himself, and fre-
quently repeated this performance throughout a speech that lasted
over two hours. When the time came to reply, Colonel W. was
unable to rise from his seat; there was no one else in the audience
to take his place, and the meeting broke up without further pro-
Carson's health had now become very precarious. After a rest of
nearly a year at his country home, finding that his health did not
improve, he concluded that a milder climate might restore him.
In 1834 he came to Texas, and after some months selected a lo-
cation on Red River. While he was absent in Texas, his constit-
uents elected him a member of the famous constitutional conven-
tion of North Carolina, held in 1835. His service in that body
was his last public appearance in his native State.
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