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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:222
AUTHOR:Robert Toombs (1810–85)
QUOTATION:They [the Secessionists] appealed to the Constitution, they appealed to justice, they appealed to fraternity, until the Constitution, justice, and fraternity were no longer listened to in the legislative halls of their country, and then, sir, they prepared for the arbitrament of the sword; and now you see the glittering bayonet, and you hear the tramp of armed men from your capital to the Rio Grande.
ATTRIBUTION:Senator ROBERT TOOMBS, remarks in the Senate, January 7, 1861, Congressional Globe, vol. 38, p. 267.
SUBJECTS:Civil War
 
 
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