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The Daily Dispatch: January 17, 1863., [Electronic resource], A speech on Lincoln's message from a Newly-elected U. S. Senator. (search)
owning a like number, were, by that proclamation, to be affected precisely the name. The object of the proclamation was to benefit the negro, not to restore the Government on preserve the Constitution. It was nothing more, nothing less.--It goes a bow shot beyond anything done by this House at the last session of Congress. But again. If the proclamation is to be carried into effect, the war must continue until every slave is free. If every rebel should lay down his arms on the 2d day of January next, or any subsequent day, and submit himself to the laws and Constitution of the United States, the war would still have to go on, unless the slaves were all free, for the proclamation declares that "the executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons. It strengthens the arm of the rebellion, and postpones the time of restoring peace to this country, by the declaration for the p