days before addressed to him. The speech is too long for insertion here.
It was constructed much after the manner of a legal argument.
Reviewing the evidence furnished by the President
in his various messages, he undertook to “smoke him out” with this: “Let the President
answer the interrogatories I proposed, as before mentioned, or other similar ones.
Let him answer fully, fairly, candidly.
Let him answer with facts, not with arguments.
Let him remember, he sits where Washington
sat; and so remembering, let him answer as Washington
As a nation should not, and the Almighty will not, be evaded, so let him attempt no evasion, no equivocation.
And if, so answering, he can show the soil was ours where the first blood of the war was shed; that it was not within an inhabited country, or if within such; that the inhabitants had submitted themselves to the civil authority of Texas
or of the United States
; and that the same is true of the site of Fort Brown
, then I am with him for his justification ... But if he cannot or will not do this — if, on any pretence, or no pretence, he shall refuse or omit it -then I shall be fully convinced of what I more than suspect already — that he is deeply conscious of being in the wrong; that he feels the blood of this war, like the blood of Abel, is crying to Heaven against him; that he ordered General Taylor
into the midst of a peaceful Mexican
settlement purposely to bring on a war; that, originally having some strong motive — which I will not now stop to give my opinion concerning — to involve the ”