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The Daily Dispatch: January 25, 1864., [Electronic resource], Debate in the U. S. Senate--Garret Davis. (search)
very just measure of this Administration to carry on the war to a speedy and successful issue, but there is a higher vein of loyalty than that. Where a Senator — where any individual — believes that he discovers that the administration of the Government, and especially in its Executive Department, is in conflict with the liberty of the people, it is a higher prerogative of loyalty to oppose such aggression upon the Constitution than it is to approve its measures where they are right. I make my acknowledgements to the gentleman from California for his frankness, that he is in favor of free investigation. Mr. Conness remarked that the gentleman, in having fallen from "glory" to his present degradation, in having once heard the lion roar, was now compelled to listen to the howling of the jackals. "To what base uses do we come at last." It could not be fairly deduced from him that he could ever shrink from any of the facts regarding the proper administration of the Governmen