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otion to the Constitution and the Union, were imperatively demanded. James Buchanan was still President of the United States; Floyd was Secretary of War; Cobb, Secretary of the Treasury; Thompson, Secretary of the Interior; and Toucey, who, although a New-England man, was believed to sympathize with the South, Secretary of the Navy. John C. Breckenridge was Vice-President of the United States, and presided over the deliberations of the Senate, of which Jefferson Davis, Judah P. Benjamin, John Slidell, James M. Mason, and Robert Toombs were members; all of whom proved traitors to the Government, were plotting daily and nightly to effect its overthrow, and to prevent the inauguration of Abraham Lincoln on the fourth of March. South Carolina had already voted itself out of the Union, and had assumed a hostile front to the Union garrison in Fort Sumter, in Charleston harbor. Other Southern States had called conventions to consider what steps they should take in the emergency which had be
are grievously sick, are not removed to hospitals, but are left to share the same privations, and breathe the same foul air, with those whose physical vigor is not yet broken. In contrast, allow me to state, that the prisoners at Fort Warren are allowed certainly equal fare with the garrison, which consists of five companies of loyal Massachusetts troops, and are permitted all liberties consistent with retaining them upon the island; and that traitors, like Mr. Mason, of Virginia, and Mr. Slidell, of Louisiana, whose hands are red with the best blood of Massachusetts, are treated with certainly equal consideration (as to quarters, fare, and attendance, and all privileges consistent with retaining them in custody) with the officers of that loyal battalion. These facts and this contrast, sir, are sickening to many of our people, and are especially painful to those who are closely related, by friendship or blood, to our prisoners in the hands, and at the mercy, of the rebels. I sub
On behalf of the President, the Secretary invited the attention of the Governor to the subject of the improvement of the fortification and defences of Massachusetts, and asked that the subject should be submitted to the consideration of the Legislature; adding that the measures which might be taken would require only a temporary use of the means of the State, and that the expenditure should be made the subject of conference with the Government of the United States. The seizure of Mason and Slidell, which followed immediately upon this, and so nearly involved the United States in hostilities with England, gave additional force to the recommendation of the Secretary of State. The Governor, who had unceasingly pressed this subject upon the attention of the United-States Government, no sooner received this invitation to act in the matter himself, than he proceeded to Washington to confer with General Totten, the distinguished head of the Bureau of Engineers, and General Ripley, chief o