it was but a narrow one--would be the violation of the freedom of the press, and of prayer — the sacred right of petition was even now tottering under the assaults upon it.
Mr. Vallandigham said he spoke freely and fearlessly as an American representative, and as an American citizen--one firmly resolved not to lose his own Constitutional liberties in the vain effort to impose those rights upon ten millions of unwilling people.
He drew a fine comparison between the meeting of Congress in December last, when it was composed of thirty-four independent States, and the present Congress, from which the representatives of eleven States are absent.
Their places are supplied by 75,000 soldiers, and the armed men crowding the walks and lawns of this beleaguered capital, and the sound of the drum, give frequent evidence that in times of war laws are silent.
He hoped that some years, some months hence, the present generation will demand to know the cause of all this; and some ages hence th