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The Daily Dispatch: November 25, 1861., [Electronic resource], Letter from George N. Saunders to Louis Kossuth. (search)
as a far seeing statesman to at once dissipate the flimsy sophistry by which the Lincoln Government and press attempt to justify or excuse this usurpation and unnatural war. On the 6th of November, 1861, the United States was never so strong as a nation, never so prosperous, joyous and hopeful as a people. On that fatal day a majority of the American people, owing to divisions in the constitutional party of the nation, were enabled under the forms of the Constitution to elect Abraham Lincoln President. This minority and its chosen chief were pledged to use the power of the Federal Government to curtail the rights and privileges of the Southern States and people for the aggrandizement of the political power and wealth of the Northern States and people. This threatened overthrow of the Constitution and assumption of extraordinary powers of the Federal Government by Lincoln and his party in Congress and in the Northern States Legislatures very naturally excited alarm South Caroli