Brev. Brig. Gen'l
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- Ocala, FL (as of December, 2015).
You leave out a number of facts here, one of them being that neither Clay nor Calhoun could stand Jackson, leading them to ally in working on a compromise bill that would reduce the tariff over time. You also leave out the fact that Jackson only got his Force Bill, which had stalled due to wariness over the idea of authorizing the President to use force against a State (not even getting out of committee in the House and stalled in the Senate partially through Calhoun's efforts in opposing it), because Clay convinced enough in Congress to drop opposition, thus securing Jackson's support for the compromise. Clay noted that a compromise was necessary to "prevent civil war and save us from the danger of entrusting to Andrew Jackson large armies.”
And honestly, anyone who characterizes Calhoun as "desperate" to reverse nullification does not understand the man at all. He was as resolute as Jackson.
I leave out nothing in the source I gave you in my previous post# 139.
Jackson applied the right amount of threat and force to bring such a "compromise" to a conclusion that Calhoun had to swallow a bitter pill and he did not get what he was initially seeking, to keep the federal government out of ruling on slavery.