“Prayer of twenty Millions”
On the l9th of August, 1862, Horace Greeley
, under the above heading, addressed a letter to the President
, which appeared over his signature in the New York Tribune
of that date.
The conclusion of Mr. Greeley
's epistle was as follows:
On the face of this wide earth, Mr. President, there is not one disinterested, determined, intelligent champion of the Union cause who does not feel that all attempts to put down the rebellion, and at the same time uphold its inciting cause, are preposterous and futile — that the rebellion, if crushed out to-morrow, would be renewed within a year if Slavery were left in full vigor — that army
officers who remain to this day devoted to Slavery can at best be but halfway loyal to the Union-and that every hour of deference to Slavery is an hour of added and deepened peril to the Union.
I appeal to the testimony of your ambassadors in Europe.
Ask them to tell you candidly whether the seeming subserviency of your policy to the slaveholding, slavery-upholding interest is not the perplexity, the despair of statesmen of all parties, and be admonished by the general answer.