is no way of conquering South Carolina, for instance, except by emancipating her slaves, I say, Emancipate her slaves and conquer her rebellions citizens; and, if they have not people there enough to elect members of Congress and Senators, we will send people there.
Let there be no misunderstanding my position; I wish it distinctly understood; but, at the same time, I utterly disclaim that it was any purpose, or idea, or object of this war to free the slaves.
On the contrary, I am in favor of the Constitution as it is; I am in favor of giving the people — the loyal people — of the Southern States, every constitutional right that they now possess.
I voted last Winter to change the Constitution for their benefit — to give them new guarantees, new conditions.
I would not do that now; but I did last Winter.
I will give them all the Constitution gives them, and no more.
Mr. John J. Crittenden
, of Ky.
, on the 19th, submitted to the House
Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Congress of the United States, That the present deplorable civil war has been forced upon the country by the Disunionists of the Southern States now in revolt against the constitutional Government, and in arms around the capital; that, in this national emergency, Congress, banishing all feeling of mere passion or resentment, will recollect only its duty to the whole country; that this war is not waged, on our part, in any spirit of oppression, nor for any purpose of conquest or subjugation, nor purpose of over-throwing or interfering with the rights or established institutions of those States; but to defend and maintain the supremacy of the Constitution, and to preserve the Union, with all the dignity, equality, and rights, of the several States unimpaired; and, as soon as these objects are accomplished, the war ought to cease.
, of Pa.
The resolution could not be considered forthwith; but it was taken up on Monday, and, on motion of Mr. Burnett
, of Ky.
, divided — the vote being first taken on so much of the resolution as precedes and includes the word “capital,” which was adopted by. Yeas 121; Nays--Messrs. Burnett
--(Rebels:) when the remainder was likewise adopted: Yeas 117; Nays--Messrs. Potter
, of Wis.
, and Riddle
, of Ohio
--(Republicans.) Mr. Burnett
declined to vote.
It is worthy of record that on this sad day, while Washington
, crowded with fugitives from the routed Union Grand Army, seemed to he at the mercy of the Rebels
, Congress legislated calmly and patiently throughout; and the House
, on motion of Mr. Vandever
, of Iowa
Resolved, That the maintenance of the Constitution, the preservation of the Union, and the enforcement of the laws, are sacred trusts which must be executed; that no disaster shall discourage us from the most ample performance of this high duty; and that we pledge to the country and the world the employment of every resource, national and individual, for the suppression, overthrow, and punishment of Rebels in arms.
Mr. Andrew Johnson
, of Tenn.
, on the 24th, moved in the Senate a resolution identical with that of Mr. Crittenden
, so recently adopted by the House
; which was zealously opposed by Messrs. Polk
, and, on special grounds, by Mr. Trumbull
, who said:
As that resolution contains a statement which, in my opinion, is untrue, that this capital is surrounded by armed men, who started this revolt, I cannot vote for it. I shall say “Nay.”
I wish to add one word.
The revolt was occasioned, in my opinion, by people who are not here nor in this vicinity.
It was started in South Carolina.
I think the resolution limits it to a class of persons who were not the originators of this Rebellion.
But the resolution was nevertheless adopted, by the following vote:
Yeas--Messrs. Anthony, Browning, Chandler, Clark, Cowan, Dixon, Doolittle, Fessenden, Foot, Foster, Grimes, Harlan, Harris, Howe, Johnson, of Tenn., Kennedy, King, Lane, of Ind., Lane, of Kansas, Latham, Morrill, Nesmith, Pomeroy, Saulsbury, Sherman, Ten Eyck, Wade, Wilkinson, Willey, and Wilson-30.
Nays--Messrs. Breckinridge, Johnson, of Mo., Polk, Powell, Trumbull--5.
This day, the Senate considered a bill to confiscate property used for