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ight to secede may be a revolutionary one, but it exists nevertheless. * * * We must ever resist the right of any State to remain in the Union and nullify or defy the laws thereof. To withdraw from the Union is quite another matter; and whenever a considerable section of our Union shall deliberately resolve to go out, we shall resist all Coer-Cive measure designed to keep it in. We hope never to live in a Republic whereof one section is pinned to another by bayonets. And again on the 17th December, three days before the secession of South Carolina: If it [the Declaration of Independence] justifies the secession from the British Empire of three millions of colonists in 1776, we do not see why it would not justify the secession of five million of Southrons from the Federal Union in1861. If we are mistaken on this point, why does not some one attempt to show whereinand why I For our own part, while we deny the right of slaveholders to hold slaves against the will of the latter, we
James Buchanan, Buchanan's administration on the eve of the rebellion, Message of the President of the United States, of the 8th of January, 1861. (search)
aded the whole public mind that some amicable adjustment of the subject would speedily be made by the representatives of the States and of the people, which might restore peace between the conflicting sections of the country. That hope has been diminished by every hour of delay; and as the prospect of a bloodless settlement fades away, the public distress becomes more and more aggravated. As evidence of this, it is only necessary to say that the treasury notes authorized by the act of 17th December last were advertised, according to the law, and that no responsible bidder offered to take any considerable sum at par at a lower rate of interest than twelve per cent. From these facts it appears that, in a government organized like ours, domestic strife, or even a well-grounded fear of civil hostilities, is more destructive to our public and private interests than the most formidable foreign war. In my annual message I expressed the conviction, which I have long deliberately held, a