Norfolk: Printed by T.G. Broughton, 1833. 74pp. Disbound and lightly foxed, Good+.
Tazewell wrote these Letters at the height of the Nullification Crisis. This is their first separate publication; the pamphlet was reprinted in 1888. Tazewell argues that President Jackson's denial of South Carolina's power to nullify the Tariffs of 1828 and 1832 repudiates "certain propositions that have ever been held (in Virginia, at least) as fundamental truths of constitutional law." Jackson's tactics are "political heresies." Tazewell appeals to the great Western tradition: Power is always to be exercised in the service of Right. He denounces "the doctrines of the new ultra Federal School, that these States never were sovereign" and that, by joining the Union, they "surrendered any part of their sovereignty."
Tazewell accompanies his arguments with detailed legal and constitutional history.
FIRST EDITION. Cohen 6335. AI 21450 . OCLC 9452031  [as of August 2018]. Haynes 18166 and Swem 5473 cite only the 1888 edition. Item #29456