13.--the Mercury's appeal.
To our friends in Florida
we would respectfully pass a word.
There are two powerful strongholds and most important points of military offence and defence in Florida
and Key West
The States both of Georgia
have wisely taken time by the forelock, and put themselves in possession of such fortresses as lie within their borders, simply because they do not choose that their territories should be occupied, their commerce cut off, and the lives of their people put in jeopardy, by General Scott
's, or Mr. Buchanan
's despotic theory of the powers and duties of the executive officer of a consolidated, vulgar mobocracy.
They have chosen to ward off violence and outrage by a timely precaution.
If any thing could tend to demonstrate
to the Executive
the folly of attempting the blockading of southern ports, it would be the late action of Georgia
in regard to their forts.
Yet it is impossible to tell to what extremities folly and desperation may drive men. In this view, it is important for the people of Florida
to reflect that there are, perhaps, no fortresses along our whole southern coast more important than those of Florida
These forts can command the whole Gulf
And should Mr. Buchanan
carry out what appears to be his present plan, he certainly must desire to hold possession of these forts.
He may thus, with the assistance of war-steamers, block up the whole Gulf
But let Florida
hold these forts, and the entire aspect of affairs is changed.
Such vessels, in time of war, will have no port of entry, and must be supplied in every way from a very long distance, and that at sea; while the commerce of the North
in the Gulf will fall an easy prey to our bold privateers; and California gold will pay all such little expenses on our part
We leave the matter for the reflection and decision of the people of Florida