an understanding with the Governors
of the other Southern States, and perfected arrangements for resistance accordingly, would Mr. Lincoln
have been inaugurated and installed in power at Washington
Would not the Confederate
authorities have held the National
capital, and, consequently, have had their independence acknowledged by the leading power of Europe
Is it too much, then, to claim for Maryland
that her fidelity to her obligations in the early days of secession preserved the National
capital for the installation of the lawfully-elected President
; materially shortened the internecine strife, and, under God, determined possibly the ultimate issue of the mighty contest?
When other States are honored, let her not be despised.
When others are mentioned with affection and gratitude, let her name not be left out.