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Will your excellency bear with me a moment.
while this question is discussed?
I appreciate fully your excellency's suggestion as to the inherent weakness of the rebels, arising from the preponderance of their servile population.
The question, then, is, In what manner shall we take advantage of that weakness?
By allowing, and of course arming, that population to rise upon the defenceless women and children of the country, carrying rapine, arson, and murder — all the horrors of San Domingo a million times magnified — among those whom we hope to reunite with us as brethren, many of whom are already so, and all who are worth preserving will be, when this horrible madness shall have passed away or be threshed out of them?
Would your excellency advise the troops under my command to make war in person upon the defenceless women and children of any part of the Union, accompanied with brutalities too horrible to be named?
You will say, God forbid.
If we may not do so in person,