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Massachusetts (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
and therefore, they said, our hearts are with the South, and should they ever need our hands to assist in achieving our independence, we shall not be found wanting in the hour of danger. In the first act of the melodrama of the rebellion, there were some broad farces. One of these. is seen in the action of the Grand Jury of the United States for the Middle District of Alabama. That body made, the following presentment at the December Term, 1860:-- That the several States of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Ohio, and others, have nullified, by acts of their several Legislatures, several laws enacted by the Congress of the Confederation for the protection of persons and property; and that for many years said States have occupied an attitude of hostility to the interests of the people of the said Middle District of Alabama. And the said Federal Government, having failed to execute its enactments for the protection of the property and interests of said Middl
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 2
Mr. Lincoln's election. The promise of a United States Senator from North Carolina (Clingman), thadmirable pamphlet, entitled, England, the United States, and the Southern Confederacy, that statesse she commands me, I owe obedience to the United States.--Life and Correspondence of John A. Quitm lessons of history, the Government of the United States should attempt coercion, it will become ounited States, administered the laws of the United States within the limits of South Carolina. So fon of Mr. Lincoln to the Presidency of the United States? My countrymen, I tell you frankly, candiinue in force all laws and treaties of the United States, so far as they applied to Mississippi, une election of a sectional President of the United States was evidence, of the hostility of the majoeen in the action of the Grand Jury of the United States for the Middle District of Alabama. That ff Green, as editor and proprietor, of the United States Telegraph, at Washington City. At about t[3 more...]
Norfolk (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
ppression. Our minds are made up. The South will not wait until the 4th of March. We will be well under arms before then, or our safety must be guaranteed. Autograph letter to Josiah Williams, of Poughkeepsie, N. Y., dated Rolleston, near Norfolk, Va., December 24, 1860. Governor Wise, it will be remembered, was chiefly instrumental in procuring the execution of John Brown for treason, less than a year before. Four years later, his estate of Rolleston, near Norfolk, was occupied as a campNorfolk, was occupied as a camp for freed negroes; and, in his mansion, a daughter of John Brown was teaching <*> children how to read and write the English language. Everywhere the conspirators and their followers and agents were sleepless in vigilance and tireless in energy. . Hundreds of telegraphic messages, volumes of letters, and scores of couriers, went from plantation to plantation, from village to village, from city to city, and from State to State, wherever the Slave power held sway, stirring up the people to r
Georgia (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
ickets therein. These were North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, es of that denomination in South Carolina and Georgia, in Convention assembled, made an official reo remained almost a month longer. hastened to Georgia, and afterward took up arms against his countbeginning of the dissolution of the Union. Georgia was the first to follow the bad example of Soof the South, and especially to the people of Georgia, that we were untrue to our national engagemen national. He avowed that his attachment to Georgia was supreme, and that the chief object of hiswithout excuse. In the State Convention of Georgia, early in January, 1861, Mr. Stephens said:--foreshadowed necessity, by declaring:--Should Georgia determine to go out of the Union, I speak forlater, November, 1864. were marching through Georgia, in triumphant vindication of the National auain to be acted over, said the Milledgeville (Georgia) Journal; and the citizens of St. John's Pari[12 more...]
Dominican Republic (Dominican Republic) (search for this): chapter 2
tic peace and future prosperity of the State depended upon secession from their faithless and perjured confederates. He alluded to the argument of some, that no action should be taken until they knew whether the policy of the new Administration would be hostile to their interests or not; and, with the gravity of the most earnest disciple of Calhoun, he flippantly said:--My countrymen, if we wait for an overt act of the Federal Government, our fate will be that of the white inhabitants of St. Domingo. Why wait? he asked. What is this Government? It is but the trustee, the common agent of all the States, appointed by them to manage their affairs, according to a written constitution, or power of attorney. Should the Sovereign States then — the principals and the partners in the association — for a moment tolerate the idea that their action must be graduated by the will of their agent? The idea is preposterous. This was but another mode of expressing the doctrine of State Supremac
rupted the speaker, sometimes with tones of anger, and sometimes with those of scorn. These did not disturb the equanimity of his competitor in the least. With perfect coolness, courtesy, and even gentleness, he .went forward in his work of apparently endeavoring to stay the rising tide of revolution against the Government he professed to love so well, defending its claim to justice and beneficence. The great difference between our country and all others, such as France, and England, and Ireland, is, he said, that here there is popular sovereignty, Robert Toombs. while there sovereignty is exercised by kings and favored classes. This principle of popular sovereignty, however much derided lately, is the foundation of our institutions. Constitutions are but the channels through which the popular will may be expressed. Our Constitution came from the people. They made it, and they alone may rightfully unmake it. . . . I believe in the power of the people to govern themselves, wh
Alabama (Alabama, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
islature, 58. Secession in Mississippi, 59. Secession in Alabama and Florida, 60. proceedings in Louisiana, 61. attitude al tickets therein. These were North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas, Florida, andolina will go. I consider Georgia and Florida as certain. Alabama probable. Then Mississippi must go. But I want Louisiana, eginning of their open career. He was elected Governor of Alabama in 1868, and used his official power to its utmost in favo and agreed to an address to the people of South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida, urging upon them the importancen the tomb of forgotten things. The southern portion of Alabama was strongly in favor of secession, while the northern porpeech in the Cooper Institute, New York, October 24. that Alabama was ripe for revolt, in the event of Mr. Lincoln's. electihat, in his opinion, the only hope and future security for Alabama and other Slaveholding States, is in secession from the Un
New York (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
e first halter. and other leading politicians in that State, were exceedingly active in arranging plans for that Commonwealth to join her Southern sisters in the work of treason. Wise, who assumed to be their orator on all occasions, had openly declared, that if Lincoln was elected, he would not remain in the Union one hour. He applauded, as hopeful words for his class, the declaration of Howell Cobb (then President Buchanan's Secretary of the Treasury), at a public gathering in the city of New York, that, in the event of Mr. Lincoln's election, secession would have the sympathy and co-operation of the Administration, and that he did not believe another Congress of the United States would meet. He hailed with delight, as chivalrous to the last degree, the assurances of Lawrence M. Keitt, of the House of Representatives, in a public speech, at Washington, that President Buchanan was pledged to secession, and would be held to it ; that South Carolina would shatter the accursed Union
Washington (United States) (search for this): chapter 2
ce, as we have observed, in Virginia, during Washington's Administration, that it drew from him his ation between himself and Mr. Calhoun, in Washington City, in the winter of 1812:--You in the Southched, at the head of twenty thousand men, to Washington, taken possession of the Capitol, and prevene of Representatives, in a public speech, at Washington, that President Buchanan was pledged to sece of the latter. From his official desk at Washington, Cobb wrote December 6, 1860. an inflammatof the Charleston Mercury, as follows:-- Washington, Nov. 1, 1860. dear Rhett: I received youd by day. He wrote from his official desk at Washington, as early as the 20th of November:--My allegin treasonable schemes, dating his letter at Washington, House of Representatives, September 2, 1850o-thirds of the clerks in the Departments at Washington had been taken from the Slave-labor States, ietor, of the United States Telegraph, at Washington City. At about the same time (1836), a novel [1 more...]
Montgomery (Alabama, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
recipient of many messages by telegraph:--The Governor and Council are in session, said one from Raleigh, North Carolina. The people are very much excited. North Carolina is ready to secede. --Large numbers of Bell men, said another, from Montgomery, Alabama, headed by T. H. Watts, Thomas H. Watts was a Bell-Everett elector, but espoused the cause of the conspirators at the very beginning of their open career. He was elected Governor of Alabama in 1868, and used his official power to its uordered delegates to be chosen on the 24th of December, to meet in convention on the 7th of January. 1861. Five days before that election, the Alabama Conference of the Methodist Church South, a very large and most influential body, sitting at Montgomery, resolved that: they believed African Slavery, as it existed in the Southern States of the Republic, to be a wise, humane, and righteous institution, approved of God, and calculated to promote, to the highest possible degree, the welfare of the
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