as the dictates of human reason.
Thus, he does not hesitate to assert that
In the Inaugural Address delivered by President Lincoln, in March last, he asserts a maxim, which he plainly deems to be undeniable, that the theory of the Constitution requires, in all cases, that the majority shall govern. * * * *
The climate and soil of the Northern States soon proved unpropitious to the continuance of Slave Labor; while, the reverse being the case at the South, * * * the Northern States consulted their own interests by selling their Slaves to the South and prohibiting Slavery within their limits.
Now, not one-fifth of the slaves held in the Northern States
, just before or at the time they respectively abolished Slavery, were sold to the South
--as hundreds of them, still living, can bear witness; nor is it true that Slavery was ever proved unsuited to or unprofitable in the North
, in the judgment of her slaveholders
. Had the slaveholding caste been as omnipotent here as in the South
, controlling parties, politics, and the press, Slavery would have continued to this day. It was by the non
-slaveholding possessors of influence and power, here as everywhere else, that Slavery was assailed, exposed, reprobated, and ultimately overthrown.
No class ever yet discovered that aught which ministered so directly and powerfully to its own luxury, sensuality, indolence, and pride, as Slavery does to those of the slaveholders, was either unjust, pernicious, or unprofitable.
With greater truth and plausibility, Mr. Davis
assured his Congress that
There is every reason to believe that, at no distant day, other States, identical in political principles and community of interest with those which you represent, will join this Confederacy.
This expectation was, in good part, fulfilled.
When Mr. Davis
called to address his Congress — which had meantime adjourned from Montgomery
— in announcing the transfer of the Executive
departments likewise to the new capital, he said:
Gentlemen of the Congress of the Confederate States of America:
My Message addressed to you at the commencement of the last session contained such full information of the state of the Confederacy as to render it unnecessary that I should now do more than call your attention to such important facts as have occurred during the recess, and the matters connected with the public defense.
I have again to congratulate you on the accession of new members to our Confederation of free and equally sovereign States.
Our beloved and honored brethren of North Carolina and Tennessee have consummated the action foreseen and provided for at your last session; and I have had the gratification of announcing by Proclamation, in conformity with the law, that these States were admitted into the Confederacy.
The people of Virginia also, by a majority previously unknown in our history, have ratified the action of her Convention uniting her fortunes with ours.
The States of Arkansas, North Carolina, and Virginia, have likewise adopted the permanent Constitution of the Confederate States; and no doubt is entertained of its adoption by Tennessee, at the election to be held early in next month.
The Confederacy having thus attained its full proportions prior to any serious collision between its armies and those of the Union
, we may now properly consider and compare the relative strength of the opposing parties about to grapple in mortal combat.
I. The total population of the United States
, as returned by the Census of 1860, somewhat exceeded Thirty-one Millions,2
whereof the Free States
, with all the territories, contained Nineteen,3
and the Slave States
, including the District of Columbia, over Twelve4
As the Free States