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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 25. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.6 (search)
ed States on the slavery question, from the position assumed thereon in the late annual message to Congress, and the preceding documents; third, no cessation of hostilities short of an end of the war, and the disbanding of all the forces hostile to the government. The reference in the second of the above propositions, was to Mr. Lincoln's annual message to Congress, of December, 1864, and his reference to documents, is to his emancipation proclamations of September 22, 1862, and of January 1, 1863. It was the policy indicated in these proclamations and in this message, which he informed the Confederate commissioners he would not recede from. Conclusive proof. And are not these two authorities conclusive proof, independently of all the other proofs presented in my letter of July 7th, that no proposition was made by Mr. Lincoln to the Confederate commissioners to pay $400,000,000 for the slaves to secure peace and union? Now I will add that of all the persons who met in