, or any other Northern State, from interfering to abolish slavery in his State?
Each of these States is sovereign under the Constitution
; and if we wish to preserve our liberties, the reserved rights and sovereignty of each and every State must be maintained.
I have said on a former occasion, and I here repeat, that it is neither desirable nor possible to establish uniformity in the local and domestic institutions of all the States of this Confederacy.
Because the Constitution of the United States
rests upon the right of every State to decide all its local and domestic institutions for itself.
It is not possible, therefore, to make them conform to each other unless we subvert the Constitution of the United States
No, sir, that cannot be done.
God forbid that any man should ever make the attempt.
Let that Constitution ever be trodden under foot and destroyed, and there will not be wisdom and patriotism enough left to make another that will work half so well.
Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States
as our fathers made it, inviolate, at the same time maintaining the reserved rights and the sovereignty of each State over its local and domestic institutions, against Federal authority, or any outside interference.
The difference between Mr. Lincoln
and myself upon this point is, that he goes for a combination of the Northern States
, or the organization of a sectional political party in the free States, to make war on the domestic institutions of the Southern States
, and to prosecute that war until they shall all be subdued, and made to conform to such rules as the North
shall dictate to them.
I am aware that Mr. Lincoln
, on Saturday night last, made a speech at Chicago
for the purpose, as he said, of explaining his position on this question.
I have read that speech with great care, and will do him the justice to say that it is marked by eminent ability and great success in concealing what he did mean to say in his Springfield
His answer to this point, which I have been arguing, is, that he never did mean, and that I ought to know that he never intended to convey the idea, that he wished the “people of the free States to enter into the Southern States
and interfere with slavery.”
Well, I never did suppose that he ever dreamed of entering into Kentucky
, to make war upon her institutions ; nor will any Abolitionist ever enter into Kentucky
to wage such war. Their mode of making.
war is not to enter into those States where slavery exists, and there interfere, and render themselves responsible for the consequences.
They stand on this side of the Ohio river
and shoot across.
They stand in Bloomington
, and shake their fists at the people of Lexington
; they threaten South Carolina
And they call that bravery!
But they are very particular, as Mr. Lincoln
says, not to enter into those States for the purpose of interfering with the institution of slavery there.
I am not only opposed to entering into the slave States, for the purpose of interfering with their institutions, but I am opposed to a sectional agitation to control the institutions of other States.
I am opposed to organizing a sectional party, which appeals to Northern pride, and Northern passion and prejudice, against Southern institutions, thus stirring up ill feeling and hot blood between brethren of the same Republic.
I am opposed to that whole system of sectional agitation, which can produce nothing but strife, but discord, but hostility, and finally, disunion.
And yet Mr. Lincoln
asks you to send him to the Senate of the United States, in order that he may carry out that great principle of his, that all the States must be slave or all must be free.
I repeat, how is he to carry it out when he gets to the Senate?
Does he intend to introduce a bill to abolish slavery in Kentucky
Does he intend to introduce a bill to interfere with slavery in Virginia
How is he to accomplish what he professes must be done in order to save the Union
is a lawyer, sagacious and able enough to tell you how he proposes to do it. I ask Mr. Lincoln
how it is that he proposes ultimately to bring about this uniformity in each and all the States of the Union
There is but one possible mode which I can see, and perhaps Mr. Lincoln
intends to pursue it; that is, to introduce a proposition into the Senate to change the Constitution of the United States
, in order that all the State Legislatures
may be abolished, State sovereignty blotted out, and the power conferred upon