miles of not very desirable territory to any section; yet the North, after all the territory it had received and acquired, would not accord even this insignificant portion to the South.
It was slave territory, and it was not as much as the South was entitled to in proportion to numbers.
Yet, this manifest measure of justice was denied, and "no compromise with an oppressive slave oligarchy," was the cry — the cry of the wolf that accused the lamb of muddying the water.
The compromise of Crittenden, and Guthrie, which would have divided the aggregate territory of the United States, as follows: Free States, 1,995,965 square miles; Slave States, 1,200,711, was scouted, and a temporary resolution in a miserable platform made to triumph over equity and the pacification of the country.
And now the section which has been built up by the South, which has been endowed by it with territories as well as commerce, is invading our borders with fire and sword to reduce the South itself to th