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ts of one state or country or a number of states or countries. When the convention of the colony of Virginia, in 1774, instructed their delegates to the Congress that was to meet in Philadelphia, to obtain a redress of those grievances, without which the people of America can neither be safe, free, nor happy, it was certainly not intended to convey the idea that the people of the American continent, or even of the British colonies in America, constituted one political community. Nor did Edmund Burke have any such meaning when he said, in his celebrated speech in Parliament in 1775, The people of the colonies are descendants of Englishmen. We need go no further than to the familiar language of King James's translation of the Bible for multiplied illustrations of this indiscriminate use of the term, both in its collective and distributive senses. For example, King Solomon prays at the dedication of the temple: That thine eyes may be open unto the supplication .... of thy people
sion came the separation of the colonies from the mother-country. The same thing is being attempted to-day. Not the law, not the civil magistrate, but troops, are relied upon now to execute the laws. To gather taxes in the Southern ports, the army and navy must be sent to perform the functions of magistrates. It is the old case over again. Senators of the North, you are reenacting the blunders which statesmen in Great Britain committed; but among you there are some who, like Chatham and Burke, though not of our section, yet are vindicating our rights. I have heard, with some surprise, for it seemed to me idle, the repetition of the assertion heretofore made, that the cause of the separation was the election of Mr. Lincoln. It may be a source of gratification to some gentlemen that their friend is elected; but no individual had the power to produce the existing state of things. It was the purpose, the end, it was the declaration by himself and his friends, which constitute th
Extract from report of conference with Lincoln, 289. Brown, John, 27,36, 70. Brown, Joseph E., Letter from Davis concerning conscription law, 434-39. Brown, William J., 18. Buchanan, James, Pres. of U. S., 31, 47, 48, 50, 51, 161, 181, 182, 183, 185, 186, 188, 212, 228-29, 233, 234, 355, 427. Buckner, Gen. S. B., 342, 348, 350, 351. Bull Run, Battle of, 300-321. Extracts from narrative of Gen. Early, 322-28. Extract from reminiscences of Col. Lay, 329. Burke, Edmund, 107. Burlamagui, —, 120, 121. Burt, Colonel, 376, 377. Butler, Gen. B. F. Occupation of Federal Hill in Baltimore, 289. C Cabell, Gen. W. L., 303, 329-30. Cabot, George, 8, 60, 61, 63. Calhoun, John C., 115, 131, 429. Death, 13. Extract from address in Senate, 47-48. Advocate of nullification, 190. California, 33, 214. Admission, 9, 12, 18. Cameron, Simon, 285. Camp Jackson, Mo., 356-58. Campbell, J. A. P. Extract from letter concerning Davis, 20