The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 12
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lowing summer he was chosen by the democratic state convention
as one of Mississippi's representatives in congress.31
Henry S. Foote in his advocacy of annexation emphasized the
benefits to be derived solely from a sectional point of view.32
Foote possessed a vigorous mind and was a man of unbounded
energy. Of limited education he made extraordinary efforts to
supply the deficiencies of earlier years. Of a courteous and affable
demeanor in private life, his coarse attacks upon his political op-
ponents drew forth allusions in kind from them and from the
organs of the Whig party.33 He would assail the town Whigs as
the "most incorrigible of sinners" in that they opposed a measure
fraught with so much importance to both countries; from the
stubborn members of that party in Natchez and other Mississippi
towns nothing was to be expected; it was to the plain men of the
country,-the planters-whose all was at stake, that he looked for
opposition to Clay and to abolitionism.34 Yet as is well known
it was from these very planters, Whig in politics and owners of
three-fourths of the slaves in the black belt, that the most pro-
nounced opposition to annexation came. In fact, it was a source
of frequent complaint on the part of the Whig journals that three-
fourths of those who made the most fuss about Texas and abo-
litionism and southern rights did not possess a single slave.33
No. Mississippian of prominence had been more deeply stirred
by the events of the Texas revolution than John A. Quitman, who
threw himself with ardor into the cause of the struggling Texans.36
lucid arguments, and poetic fancy." Davis, Recollections of Mississippi
and Mississippians, 193.
"1Mississippi Democrat, July 16, 1845.
"Independent Demoorat, July 10, 1844; Port Gibson Herald, July 18,
"Cf. Constitutionalist, Apr. 13, 1844; Port Gibson Herald, July 4,
1844; Vicksburg Weekly Whig, Aug. 26, 1844.
"4Cf. Free Trader, June 26, 1844.
""Isn't it amusing," remarked the Natchez Courier, "to hear a loco-
foco who never owned a negro in the world, and in all probability never
will by means of honest industry, talk in the most alarming tone about
the institution of slavery, and insinuating that those who own hundreds
of slaves are colleaguing with the abolitionists of the North ?" Cf. Con-
stitutionalist, Dec. 25, 1844; Free Trader, Oct. 23, 1844; Cole, Whig Party
in the South, 104; Phillips, "The Southern Whigs," Turner Essays in
American History, 219.
"Claiborne, Life and Correspondence of John A. Quitman, I, 139, 192-
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