Rumors are afloat, however, that it is the result of necessity.
All I can say to you, therefore, on that point is, keep your armor bright, and your powder dry. [Enthusiastic applause.]
The surest way to secure peace, is to show your ability to maintain your rights.
The principles and position of the present Administration of the United States--the Republican Party--present some puzzling questions.
While it is a fixed principle with them, never to allow the increase of a foot of Slave Territory, they seem to be equally determined not to part with an inch of the accursed soil.
Notwithstanding their clamor against the institution, they seem to be equally opposed to getting more, or letting go what they have got. They were ready to fight on the accession of Texas, and are equally ready to fight now on her secession.
Why is this?
How can this strange paradox be accounted for?
There seems to be but one rational solution — and that is, notwithstanding their professions of humani
They lacked that virtue, that devotion to moral principle, and that patriotism which is essential to good government.
Organized upon principles of perfect justice and right — seeking amity and friendship with all other powers — I see no obstacle in the way of our upward and onward progress.
Our growth by accessions from other States, will depend greatly upon whether we present to the world, as I trust we shall, a better government than that to which they belong.
If we do this, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Arkansas can not hesitate long; neither can Virginia, Kentucky, and Missouri.
They will necessarily gravitate to us by an imperious law. We made ample provision in our constitution for the admission of other States; it is more guarded, and wisely so, I think, than the old Constitution on the same subject, but not too guarded to receive them as fast as it may be proper.
Looking to the distant future, and perhaps not very distant either, it is not beyond the range of poss