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We hold with Jefferson to the inalienable right of communities to alter or abolish forms of government that have become oppressive or injurious, and if the Cotton States shall become satisfied that they can do better out of the Union than in it, we insist on letting them go in peace. The right to secede may be a revolutionary one, but it exists nevertheless, and we do not see how one party can have a right to do what another party has a right to prevent. Whenever a considerable section of our Union shall deliberately resolve to go out, we shall resist all coercive measures designed to keep it in. We hope never to live in a Republic whereof one section is pinned to the residue by bayonets. .... If ever seven or eight States send agents to Washington to say,‘We want to go out of the Union,’ we shall feel constrained by our devotion to human liberty, to say, Let them go! And we do not see how we could take the other side, without coming in direct conflict with those rights of man which we hold paramount to all political arrangements, however convenient and advantageous.From the New York Tribune of Nov. 26, and Dec. 17, 1860.
But, nevertheless, we mean to conquer them [the Confederate States], not merely to defeat, but to conquer, to subjugate them. But when the rebellious traitors are overwhelmed in the field, and scattered like leaves before an angry wind, it must not be to return to peaceful and contented homes / They must find poverty at their firesides, and see privation in the anxious eyes of mothers, and the rays of children. The whole coast of the South, from the Delaware to the Rio Grande, must be a solitude. From the same, of May 1, 1861.
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