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The Daily Dispatch: November 25, 1861., [Electronic resource], Letter from George N. Saunders to Louis Kossuth. (search)
o a political and military despotism worse in all of its aspects than that from which you had just escaped. A despotism erected for the sole purpose of subjugating independent States and a free people, allied to them by all the ties which civilized nations hold must sacred. I rely upon your sagacity as a far seeing statesman to at once dissipate the flimsy sophistry by which the Lincoln Government and press attempt to justify or excuse this usurpation and unnatural war. On the 6th of November, 1861, the United States was never so strong as a nation, never so prosperous, joyous and hopeful as a people. On that fatal day a majority of the American people, owing to divisions in the constitutional party of the nation, were enabled under the forms of the Constitution to elect Abraham Lincoln President. This minority and its chosen chief were pledged to use the power of the Federal Government to curtail the rights and privileges of the Southern States and people for the aggrandizeme