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, we must resist to the direst extremity.
On the very next day
April 30, 1861. Stephens, the so-called Vice-President, said in a speech at Atlanta, in Georgia:--A general opinion prevails that Washington City is. soon to be attacked.
On this subject I can only say, our object is peace.
We wish no aggressions on any one's rights, and will make none.
But if Maryland secedes, the District of Columbia will fall to her by reversionary right — the same as Sumter to South Carolina, Pulaski to Georgia, and Pickens to Florida.
When we have the right, we will demand the surrender of Washington, just as we did in the other cases, and will enforce our demands at every hazard and at whatever cost.
The burglar, using the same convenient logic, might, say to the householder about to be plundered by him, after having made the intended victim's near neighbor an accomplice, and with his aid had forced his way into the dwelling: Your plate, and your money, and your jewelry fall to my accomplice a