Identified. as I am, by birth, and every other tie, with the South--a slaveholder, and feeling as warmly for my native State as any man can do — I am yet compelled by my sense of fair dealing, and my respect for the Constitution of our country, to declare that I see nothing in the bare election of Mr. Lincoln which would justify the South in taking any steps tending toward a separation of these States. Mr. Lincoln being elected, I am willing to await further results. If lie will administer the Government in a proper and patriotic manner, we are all bound to submit to his Administration, much as we may have opposed his election. As an individual, I will very cheerfully sustain him in well-doing, because my suffering country will be benefited by a constitutional administration of the Government. If, on the contrary, he shall abuse the trust
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1 January 16, 1861.
Let every true, honest citizen of the South beware. The vilest, most damnable, deep-laid and treacherous conspiracy that was ever concocted in the busy brain of the most designing knave, is being hatched to destroy his liberties by breaking up this Government. If the people do not rise in their strength and put back these meddling politicians, the latter will chloroform them with sectional prejudice, and then ride over them rough-shod before they can recover from the narcotic. The political tricksters, who see their power slipping from their grasp, are playing a desperate game, and will not “lose a trick” if they can help it. Let honest men see that the double-dealers do not “stock the cards.”
3 November 27, 1861.
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