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I constantly hoped that it would have been much earlier in my power ,
consistently with motives which I was not at liberty to disregard , to return to that
retirement from which I had been reluctantly drawn . The strength of my
inclination to do this ...
... still more in the eyes of others , has strengthened the motives to diffidence of
myself , and every day the increasing weight of years admonishes me more and
more that the shade of retirement is as necessary to me as it will be welcome .
Here every portion of our country finds the most commanding motives for
carefully guarding and preserving the Union of the whole . The North , in an
unrestrained intercourse with the South , protected by the equal laws of a
With such powerful and obvious motives to union affecting all parts of our country
, while experience shall not have demonstrated its impracticability , there will
always be reason to distrust the patriotism of those who in any quarter may ...
propensity and adopts through passion what reason would reject ; at other times ,
it makes the animosity of the nation subservient to projects of hostility instigated
by pride , ambition and other sinister and pernicious motives . The peace often ...
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