It is to be hoped that Lincoln
will perceive his error and cease his warlike preparations.
The war is against all the principles on which the Government
of the United States
The arrest of Ross Winans
, by the order of President Lincoln
, is an act of despotism which the autocrat of Russia
, with all his absolute power, never thought of exceeding.
It is an assumption of power on the part of the Executive
which even Congress had never dared to usurp; for the Constitution of the United States
expressly provides that no citizen thereof shall be deprived of his life, liberty, or property, except as a punishment for crimes, and after a fair trial by his peers.
The proclamation declaring our ports in a state of blockade, is in violation of the oath taken by Lincoln
when he was inaugurated President
of the United States
; for he swore to maintain the Constitution of the United States
, which declares that “no preference shall be given by any regulation of commerce or revenue to the ports of one State over those of another State;” and he considers us a part of the United States
; yet the ports of Boston
and New York were open to the world, while Charleston
and other Southern ports were declared to be in a state of blockade.
How dare he issue such an ukase?
he, with the oath upon his lips to support the Constitution
, trample that instrument in the dust?
But he declared, shortly after his inauguration, that he had an “oath registered in high Heaven.”
By this he means that hie has sworn the subjugation of the South
to the legions of Abolitiondom.
Well, let them come.
We are prepared for them
The acts of Lincoln
exhibit the spirit of anarchy which is abroad in the North
, and total disregard of all constitutional obligations and limits by the Abolition despot now in power.
is fast drifting to anarchy and an established despotism.
On you, therefore, as citizens of the Confederate States
, depend the success and perpetuation of constitutional liberty; for the day is not far off when freedom will exist only south of Mason
's line, and your stout arms and brave hearts her only support on all this continent.
We prefer and desire peace if we can have it; but if we cannot, we must meet the issue forced upon us. We must meet Lincoln
and his myrmidons on their own ground, and on their own terms — on constitutional principles.
So far, our progress has been all that we could expect.
A Government has been organized, Executive Departments and offices supplied, all needful laws passed, and all necessary arrangements made to meet any contingency.
At the head of our Government is President Davis
--who led the Mississippi Rifles at Buena Vista
— and whose flag never yet trailed in the dust.
This noble and true son of the South
goes to Richmond
, to take command in person of our soldiers there, and to lead them upon the battle field against all the military power and talent they can summon — even to their veteran chieftain, General Scott
Whether brought to a bloody conflict or not, we are prepared.
Our people everywhere are full of enthusiasm, and strong in their determination never to submit to the rule of Lincoln
Fathers, and mothers, and sisters are all ready, and doing all they can in aid of the cause.
We are in the right; and justice is upon our side.
We must succeed.
The same God who guided our fathers in the bloody Revolution, and who made the glory of the late United States
, is yet upon the side of right and justice.
Relying upon Him who holds the destinies of all nations in His hands, we will go forth to battle, resolved to conquer or die!--Ohio Statesman
, May 30.