‘in the possible contingencies of the future, can we be sure that Massachusetts
has taken care to preserve the manly self-reliance of the citizens, by which alone, in the long-run, can the creation of standing armies be averted, and the State
also be ready, without inconvenient delay, to contribute her share of force in any exigency of public danger?’
But it was not alone in his address that he foreshadowed his belief of the approach of war. It would not have been wise to make known publicly his inmost thoughts.
Let actions speak.
On the evening of the very day on which his inaugural address was delivered (Jan. 5), he despatched confidential messages, by trustworthy messengers, to each of the Governors
of the New-England
States, urging preparation for the approaching crisis.
Early in December, soon after the meeting of Congress, he had visited Washington
, and personally acquainted himself with the aspect of national affairs, and with the views of the principal representatives both of North and South.
After his return, he had opened a confidential correspondence on matters transpiring there, with Hon. Charles Francis Adams
, who kept him minutely acquainted, from day to day, with the progress of events.
One of the suggestions of Mr. Adams
was, that there should be public demonstrations of loyalty throughout New England
, and it was proposed by him to have salutes fired in each of the States on the 8th of January, the anniversary of General Jackson
's victory at New Orleans.
, of New Bedford, Third Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, was sent to Governor Fairbanks
, of Vermont
; and other messengers were sent to Rhode Island
, New Hampshire
, and Maine
, for this purpose.
One of these messengers was the gentleman who afterwards became Governor Andrew
's private military secretary,—Colonel Albert G. Browne
, of Salem
,—and who served him during the entire war; and who, for ability as a ready writer, truthfulness, sturdy independence, reticence, and undoubted patriotism, deserved, as he received, the respect and confidence of the Governor
, the entire staff, and of gentlemen holding confidential and important relations with His Excellency
's mission was to confer with Governor Goodwin
, of New Hampshire
, and Governor Washburn