The proposition would be welcomed in Connecticut; and could we doubt of New Hampshire?
But New York must be associated; and how is her concurrence to be obtained?
She must be made the center of the Confederacy.
Vermont and New Jersey would follow of course, and Rhode Island of necessity.
Pickering to Cabot, Life of Cabot, pp. 338-340.
Substituting South Carolina for Massachusetts; Virginia for New York; Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama, for New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island; Kentucky for New Jersey, etc., we find the suggestions of 1860-‘61 only a reproduction of those thus outlined nearly sixty years earlier.
Pickering seems to have had a correct and intelligent perception of the altogether pacific character of the secession which he proposed, and of the mutual advantages likely to accrue to both sections from a peaceable separation.
Writing in February, 1804, he explicitly disavows the idea of hostile feeling or action toward the South, expre