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eats of secession on the part of the South, and by demands for concessions to the slave power by many interests-business and political — in the North.
Greeley met this situation by taking the ground, in the Tribune of December 17, 1860, that, if the right of the colonists to rebel against Great Britain was justified by the consent of the governed clause of the Declaration of Independence, that clause would justify the secession of five million of Southrons from the Federal Union in 1861.
Jefferson's principle might be pushed to extreme and baleful consequences ; but, while he would not uphold the secession of Governor's Island from New York, if seven or eight contiguous States should secede from the Union he would not think it right to stand up for coercion.
If Mayor Fernando Wood had not had free trade in view, Greeley might have joined him in his suggestion to the Common Council of New York city on January 6, 1861, that, if the Union, which, he held, could not be constitutionall