Doc. 61.--proclamation by Jefferson Davis.
The Charleston Mercury of the 19th April, in referring to this proclamation, says: “To avoid any misunderstanding and prevent comment arising from the supposition that the President intends to assume the authority and responsibility of issuing these himself, without the action of Congress, we would say that the proclamation is merely a preparatory indication of what he intends to recommend to Congress, and what we have no doubt Congress will do and ought to do, in the event that war becomes inevitable. The secession of Virginia and the frontier Southern States may command the peace even from the silly fanatics who at present rule Washington. The South does not want war. We stand on the defensive. But if the Northern Government choose to have war, they can and will have it, they may rest assured.”