The Legislature convened September 3d, but was not fully organized till the 5th, when Magoffin
submitted a Message based on the assumption of Kentucky
's proper and perfect neutrality between the belligerents North and South of her; complaining that she had suffered in her commerce and property from the acts of either; but more especially that a Federal force had recently been organized and encamped in the heart of that State without the permission of her lawful authorities--(Beriah Magoffin
, to wit ;) whereupon he proposed to so amend an act of the late Legislature as to enable the Military Board to borrow money for the purchase of arms and munitions for the defense of the State
, etc., etc. lie desired the Legislature authoritatively to request all Military organizations within the State
, not under her authority, to be disbanded forthwith; and complained of the introduction of arms by the Federal Government
and their distribution among private citizens, which — considering that the incipient Rebels obtained a large proportion thereof, and in due time carried them off to the camps of the Secession forces — was unreasonable.
On the main question at issue, he said:
Kentucky has meant to await the exhausting of all civil remedies before she will reconsider the question of assuming new external relations; but I have never understood that they will tamely submit unconditionally to the aggressions of the North; that they renounce their sympathy with the people of her aggrieved sister States; nor that they will approve of a war to subjugate the South.
Still can I not construe any of their votes as meaning that they will prosecute a coercive war against their Southern brethren.
They meant only that they have still some hope of the restoration and perpetuation of the Union; and, until that hope is blasted, they will not alter their existing relations.
Their final decision will be law to me; and I will execute every constitutional act of their representatives as vigilantly and faithfully as though it originated with myself.
These few words elicited no sympathetic response from the Legislature, fresh from the people, and imbued with