of war to enable a down-trodden people to defend themselves, will not only give us that privilege, but will join us and help us in the work.
The people of Kentucky
love the Union
; they love the Constitution
; they have no fault to find with it; but in that State they have a duplicate to the Governor
When we look all around, we see how the Governors
of the different States have been involved in this conspiracy — the most stupendous and gigantic conspiracy that was ever formed, and as corrupt and as foul as that attempted by Catiline in the days of Rome
We know it to be so. Have we not known men to sit at their desks in this chamber, using the Government
's stationery to write treasonable letters; and while receiving their pay, sworn to support the Constitution
and sustain the law, engaging in midnight conclaves to devise ways and means by which the Government
and the Constitution
should be overthrown?
The charge was made and published in the papers.
Many things we know that we cannot put our finger upon; but we know from the regular steps that were taken in this work of breaking up the Government
, or trying to break it up, that there was system, concert of action.
It is a scheme more corrupt than the assassination planned and conducted by Catiline in reference to the Roman Senate
The time has arrived when we should show to the nations of the earth that we are a nation capable of preserving our existence, and give them evidence that we will do it.
I have already detained the Senate much longer than I intended when I rose, and I shall conclude in a few words more.
Although the Government
has met with a little reverse within a short distance of this city, no one should be discouraged and no heart should be dismayed.
It ought only to prove the necessity of bringing forth and exerting still more vigorously the power of the Government
in maintenance of the Constitution
and the laws.
Let the energies of the Government
be redoubled, and let it go on with this war — not a war upon sections, not a war upon peculiar institutions anywhere; but let the Constitution
and the Union
be its frontispiece, and the supremacy and enforcement of the laws its watchword.
Then it can, it will, go on triumphantly.
We must succeed.
This Government must not, cannot fall.
Though your flag may have trailed in the dust; though a retrograde movement may have been made; though the banner of our country may have been sullied, let it still be borne onward; and if, for the prosecution of this war in behalf of the Government
and the Constitution
, it is necessary to. cleanse and purify the banner, I say, let it be baptized in fire from the sun and bathed in a nation's blood!
The nation must be redeemed; it must be triumphant.
The Constitution — which is based upon principles immutable, and upon which rest the rights of man and the hopes and expectations of those who love freedom throughout the civilized world — must be maintained.