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o, when there was not abolitionism enough in the North to disturb the peace of a single neighborhood; but the time never was, is not now, and we fear never will be, when the Northern mind could embrace the idea that this is a Union of equal and independent sovereignties, leagued together by a constitutional compact, with no more power in the General Government to force back a seceding State than there is a mercantile firm to whip back one of the members who should dissolve the partnership. The Northern idea is, that a majority of the people of this Union governs, and ought to govern, the minority of the people of this Union in all things, and we say that such an idea, universally imbedded as it is in the Northern mind, is a greater practical danger than abolitionism, which has not yet obtained the ascendancy in Northern public opinion. And yet, all the Northern statesmen, including Alexander Hamilton, when the Constitution was framed, scouted the idea of coercing a sovereign State.
ecause the same man cannot discharge with efficiency the duties of two, three, or four different offices — of offices, too, which require essentially different qualifications, and even if the incumbent has time and talent enough, would require him to be in three or four different places at the same moment. There are some men who, putting the deficiency of ubiquity out of the question, are able to shine in both the camp and council. Julius CÆsar, Napoleon Bonaparte, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, were statesmen as well as soldiers; but we may be pardoned for doubting whether they have their counterpart in modern times. Instead of enacting the part in history of either of those great personages, or, indeed, suggesting to the liveliest imagination the faintest resemblance to them, the only image that our pluralists bring before the mind is one which presents the Commonwealth in a more ludicrous condition than that of a nursing mother of swine, for we have never heard of a sow w
The Daily Dispatch: November 5, 1863., [Electronic resource], The recent engagement of General Chalmers in Mississippi. (search)
Bounders of Secretary Seward. --Mr. Seward, says the New Orleans Picayune, has more than once been detected in his plagiarisms from the writings of Alexander Hamilton and others, of the first era of the Republic. And now, besides some very adroit plagiarisms of other ideas, he is also convicted of some very gross blunders in his recent diplomatic circular. For instance, as noted by a New York cotemporary: Such mistakes as placing Prince Rupert's Island near the head waters of the Mississippi; calling the motto of the Garter the motto of the British National Arms; attributing to Cardinal Richellen the occupation and fortification "of a large portion of this continent, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Straits of Belle Isle," though the Cardinal had been dead a quarter of a century ere the Mississippi was discovered; alluding to the "age of Gameous" as coeval with the introduction of slavery to this continent by Portugal, though the post died half a century before that event.
York Gazette, were the oldest editors; the next in order was Zachariah Lewis, editor of the Commercial Advertiser; Amos Butler, of the Mercantile Advertiser; Coleman and Burnham, of the Evening Post; Aldon Spooner, of the Columbian, and Henry Wheaton, of the National Advocate. These were the only daily papers then printed in New York. Most of these editors are dead and their papers discontinued. The Express is a continuation of the Daily Advertiser; The Post, which was established by Alexander Hamilton, Rufus King, Oliver Wolcott and others, as a high-toned Federal journal, is now ably conducted as a Democratic paper by Mr. Bryant. In nothing is the amazing growth of New York more evident than in the typographical improvement and increased circulation of its press. We do not know that there has been much progress in editorial ability and dignity, for half a century ago the newspapers of New York were conducted by men fully as able to enlighten the public as any who have succeeded th
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