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Doc. 83.-speech of A. H. Stephens. Delivered at Augusta, Ga., July 11 1861. Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen of Richmond County:--I appear before you today in the discharge of a duty assigned me by the Confederate Congress. I am rejoiced to see so many persons out — persons of all classes and ages, men as well as women. It is true, that the subjects upon which I am to address you to — day concern mostly — most directly the men, and a particular class of men at that — I mean the cotton planters — interesting all alike. The questions involved are questions which concern all alike. They involve the peace of the country — her political and social existence. All, therefore, do well to be here. We are involved in a war — the most important war that the country has ever been involved in since the revolution of our fathers — since American Independence was declared. We have had many wars since. We have had Indian wars with the different tribes; we had a small French
he legally-constituted tribunals of the country; that upon this platform we stand, and, by the grace of God, will abide the issue. Resolved, That the present Administration, in the high position they have taken to preserve the integrity of the Government, have our sympathy and our undivided support, and that with the country we will stand or fall; and to this we pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor. Resolved, That, in the recent spectacle presented to us in the so-called Union meetings held throughout the country under the auspices of Messrs. Wood, Davis & Co., we recognize a more subtle foe than open hostility, and that such enactments, under the shelter of the American flag, are only suggestive of a touching inquiry contained in the Holy Writ, Betrayest thou the Son of Man with a kiss? Resolved, That the proceedings of this meeting, together with a copy of the resolutions, be published in all the county papers. W. H. Scott, Chairman. H. P. Bush, Secretary.
Congress assembled. Senators and representatives, with more zeal than knowledge, caught up and reiterated the cry, On to Richmond. The impatient Congressmen were leading and influential. They waited upon the President to complain of the inactivity of the army, and upon General Scott, urging him On to Richmond. Army bills, prepared with deliberation by Senator Wilson, (in accordance with the views of the Government,) were emasculated by the House Military Committee, of which Mr. Blair is Chairman. The President and his Cabinet had reason to apprehend — if not the censures of Congress — the failure of measures essential to the prosecution of the war, unless the Tribune order of On to Richmond was obeyed. And now the sensation journals began to disparage the strength and courage of the rebel army. The rebels will not fight! The cowards will run! &c., &c., appeared in flaming capitals over flash paragraphs. The whole popular mind was swayed by these frenzied appeals. A movement
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 2. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 125.-Southern Bank Convention. (search)
opriately perform the functions of a currency, and they are of opinion that the larger notes, such as $20 and $100, would be largely taken up by a class of our citizens who are not in the practice of making such investments. These notes would pass into their hands in the course of business, and they would very soon discover the advantage as well as the merit of thus contributing their aid in support of the Government of their choice and affections. The Committee gave also a respectful consideration to the plan submitted by Mr. Holmes, for the adjustment and final extinguishment of the public debt; but, without in any way impeaching its acknowledged merit, they decided not to express any opinion as to the expediency of its adoption by the Government, for whose purpose its adoption could be best determined, in their opinion, by the Secretary of the Treasury. All of which is respectfully submitted. G. A. Trenholm, Chairman. Richmond, July 25, 1861. --Charleston Courier, July 29.
n which appeals not only to the honor of the public officer, but to the honesty of the man, and that such persons should be retained in office, and in some instances retained where the facts have been brought to the knowledge of those who have the power of removal, must be the occasion of profound grief and humiliation to every patriotic and loyal heart. And their retention in office, especially in the present critical condition of the Government, can be justified by no assumed necessity or convenience of the public service, and may well excite the honest indignation of the country. The Committee, while prepared to make these general statements, which are concurred in by every member of the Committee, find that it will be impossible to complete the work assigned to them and make a report thereof within the probable limits of present session. They therefore ask leave to sit during the recess of Congress, and ask the adoption of the accompanying resolution. John F. Potter, Chairman.