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C. Edwards Lester, Life and public services of Charles Sumner: Born Jan. 6, 1811. Died March 11, 1874. 200 0 Browse Search
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4 192 0 Browse Search
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 2 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 40 0 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book 28 0 Browse Search
Jefferson Davis, The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government 24 0 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature 19 1 Browse Search
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 12 0 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays 8 0 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Carlyle's laugh and other surprises 6 0 Browse Search
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 1. (ed. Frank Moore) 4 0 Browse Search
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Doc. 146 1/2.-causes of the civil war.-a letter to the London times by John Lothrop Motley. The de facto question in America has been referred at last to the dread arbitrament of civil war. Time and events must determine whether the great Republic is to disappear from the roll of nations, or whether it is destined to survive the storm which has gathered over its head. There is, perhaps, a readiness in England to prejudge the case; a disposition not to exult in our downfall, but to accept the fact; for nations, as well as individuals, may often be addressed in the pathetic language of the poet,-- Donee eris felix, multos numerabis amicos; Tempora cum fuerint nubila, nullus erit. Yet the trial by the ordeal of battle has hardly commenced, and it would be presumptuous to affect to penetrate the veil of even the immediate future. But the question de jure is a different one. The right and the wrong belong to the past, are hidden by no veil, and may easily be read by all who
in a confederacy, or what they called a firm league of friendship with each other, under the title of the United States, and that under this league made by the States they continued until 1789, when, in order to form a more perfect union, --not the States--but We, the people of the United States, ordained and established the present Federal Constitution. You remember that from the date of the peace in ‘83, when we were a mere league of petty sovereignties, we sank rapidly, in the words of Mr. Motley, whose conclusive essay in the London Times has enlightened Europe, into a condition of utter impotence, imbecility, and anarchy, which continued until we were rescued from it by The Constitution of the United States, which made us, in every sense, one nation — with one supreme Government, although for convenience we retained the plural title under which we had achieved our independence, of The United States. Any argument, therefore, addressed to you upon the constitutional right allege