It would be as well to have no force as to limit its operations to the State line of Massachusetts. If Portland or Newport should be invaded, Massachusetts men would be unspeakable fools, as well as arrant cowards, not to repel that invasion equally with one over our own borders. . . . If the people of Boston, men of money, of business, of influence, of intelligence, and of families, have not interest enough in their own lives, fortunes, families, and honor, to raise three regiments, I hardly think any tinkering on my part could do any good. We are in imminent danger—never so great before—of foreign war. Are we to cavil about the exertion needed to train three thousand able-bodied citizens for our defence? When the enemy thunders at the gates of our citadel of fancied ease and security, it will be too late.It was not, however, until after the close of the Rebellion, that the militia of the Commonwealth was recruited to five thousand men in the entire State, and properly organized. The success which attended the recruitment of two regiments of colored infantry induced the Governor, at the instance of Professor Parsons, of the Dane Law School, Cambridge, to
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