Excerpt from Correspondence Between Isaac W. Hayne, Special Envoy, and the President, Relating to Fort Sumter
The idea of purchase is entirely inconsistent with the asser tion of paramount right in the purchaser. I had supposed that an interest in property, as such, could be no other than purely proprietary, and if I confined myself to this narrow view of your relations to Fort Sumter, you, at least, should not consider it the subject of criticism. Until your letter of yesterday, you chose so to consider your relations, in every thing which you have written, or which has been written under your direction. It was precisely because you had yourself chosen to place your action upon the ground of purely pro prietary right that the proposal of compensation was made, and you now admit that in this view it (fort Sumter) would probably be subjected to the exercise of the right of eminent domain.
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