In a discussion of John C. Calhoun, a recent column by two academicians, H. Lee Cheek Jr. and Sean R. Busick, alluded to his educational background at Yale College and Litchfield Law School.

It brings to mind material contained in a Pulitzer Prize winning biography of John C. Calhoun (written some time ago) by distinguished American historian Margaret Coit (a native of Connecticut).

She wrote: “The startling fact is that every principle of secession or states’ rights which Calhoun voiced can be traced back to the thinking of intellectual New England in the early 1800s.

“Not the South, not slavery, but Yale College and Litchfield Law School made Calhoun a nullifier.

“In the little classroom, his teachers could not convince the young patriot from South Carolina to the desirability of secession, but they left no doubt in his mind as to the legality.”

Food for thought.

Barbara J. Ellison

Country Club Drive

Charleston