as her people should see fit to frame and adopt-New Mexico
being at that moment a Slave Territory
by act of her Legislature — to say nothing of the Dred Scott
That would have given the South
a firm hold on nearly every acre of our present territory whereon she could rationally hope ever to plant Slavery--provided
the people of New Mexico
should see fit to ingraft Slavery on their State, as they seemed, under Democratic training, to have done on their Territory.
— which had become strongly Republican through the withdrawal of most of the representatives from Cotton States passed the conciliatory and practical resolves reported by Mr. Corwin
from the Committee
of Thirty-three--passed them by an overwhelming majority.
The Senate would have promptly concurred, had it been intimated or probable that such concurrence would have arrested and rolled back the surge of Secession.
V. Both Houses united in passing the Joint Resolve
from said Committee which, being ratified by the required proportion of the States, would have precluded forever any action of Congress adverse to the perpetuation of Slavery in such States as should desire such perpetuation.
This, too, would have been readily perfected, had “the South
” evinced any inclination to be satisfied and pacified thereby.
But it was very generally treated by them as of no value.
, of Virginia
, spoke of it derisively as, in substance, one of the planks of the Chicago [Republican] Platform.
And the artillery of Secession soon dispelled all desire of, or motive for, ratifying it.
There were very many Republicans-and those by no means without consideration or influence — who would have cheerfully consented to a peaceful withdrawal from the Union
of the Cotton States
, with such others as might have chosen to accompany them, had these accorded time
for decently effecting and assenting to such a separation, after first allowing the Free States
a fair opportunity to submit to and urge upon the people of the South
their reasons for deprecating it. To this end, the calling of a National Convention and the election of delegates thereto were deemed indispensable prerequisites.
Such a Convention could have acted decisively on the main question and all subordinate points-such as the rightful disposal, by apportionment or otherwise, of the public lands and other property belonging to the Union
,with the public debt owed by it.
did, as we have seen, organize three new Territories at this Session, in utter silence respecting Slavery, and in such manner as left “ the South
” in full possession of all the rights accruing to her from the Federal Constitution
, as expounded in the Dred Scott
This was done, not in accordance with the views and feelings of the Republicans, who reported and passed the bills, but as a peace-offering and a concession to those Southern Unionists
who were constantly protesting that they
cared nothing for the extension of Slavery — in fact, were rather opposed to it-but would not tamely submit to see a stigma placed on their section and her “institution” by Northern votes.
Yet all this was fruitless, because the North
, in the full flush of a longawaited