y and assent, even as Virginia arrayed itself against the Union without the sympathy and assent of Lee in 1861?
The question gave me pause.
And then I must confess to a sense of the humor of the situation coming over me, as I found it answered to my hand.
The case had already arisen; the answer had been given; nor had it been given in any uncertain tone.
The dark and disloyal days of the earlier years of the century just ended rose in memory—the days of the embargo, the Leopard and the Chesapeake, and of the Hartford Convention.
The course then taken by those in political control in Massachusetts is recorded in history.
It verged dangerously close on that pursued by Virginia and the South fifty years later: and the quarrel then was foreign; it was no domestic broil.
One of my name, from whom I claim descent, was in those years prominent in public life.
He accordingly was called upon to make the choice of Hercules, as later was Lee. He made his choice, and it was for the common