aggrandizement, no cession of any kind from the States with which we have lately confederated. All we ask is to be let alone — that those who never held power over us shall not now attempt our subjugation by arms. This we will, we must resist, to the direst extremity. The moment that this pretension is abandoned, the sword will drop from our grasp, and we shall be ready to enter into treaties of amity and commerce that cannot but be mutually beneficial. So long as this pretension is maintained, with a firm reliance on that Divine Power which covers with its protection the just cause, we will continue to struggle for our inherent right to freedom, independence, and self-government.
Jefferson Davis. Momtgomery, April 29, 1861.
--N. O. Picayune, May 2.