Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
John Caldwell Calhoun (17821850)
I never know what South Carolina thinks of a measure. I never consult her. I act to the best of my judgment, and according to my conscience. If she approves, well and good. If she does not, or wishes any one to take my place, I am ready to vacate. We are even.
JOHN C. CALHOUN, Representative and Senator.Walter J. Miller, Calhoun as a Lawyer and Statesman, part 2, The Green Bag, June 1899, p. 271. Although Miller states I will cite his own words, this quotation has not been verified in Calhouns writings.