would have demanded reunion with the United States
, while the kindly action of the North
in permitting them to secede without interference would have left no hostile feelings in their minds to prevent such a reunion.
With the border States once annexed, a new boundary would have been created along their Southern frontier, and here again history would repeat itself, until the nation was again one.
I do not think that such an outcome of Secession is fanciful, and its realization would have been hastened by the growing impatience of the civilized world with the continuance of chattel-slavery.
Against this natural evolution of the racedifficulty what have we actually to set?
Slavery was, indeed, abolished; but it is altogether impossible to sum up the evils which we have entailed upon ourselves by the manner of its abolition.
First of all, we have the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives, and all the grief and suffering consequent upon that loss.
It is a common remark that the wars of Napoleon
permanently injured the physique of the French
people by killing off the strongest men. Is it not likely that we have suffered to some extent in the same way?
Then, how much money did the war cost?
And how much more wisely it might have been expended!
Furthermore, consider our disgraceful annual pension bill, which, larger