intended to furnish material to inflame the passions of tie one against the other, they could not have more effectually succeeded than they did by their mutual criminations and recriminations.
The struggle continued without intermission for more than the quarter of a century, except within the brief interval between the passage of the Compromise measures of 1850 and the repeal of the Missouri Compromise
in 1854, during which the hostile feelings of the parties were greatly allayed, and hopes were entertained that the strife might finally subside.
These peaceful prospects, it will appear, were soon blasted by the repeal of this Compromise, and the struggle was then renewed with more bitterness than ever until the final catastrophe.
Many grievous errors were committed by both parties from the beginning, but the most fatal of them all was the secession of the cotton States.
The authorities cited in the work will show that Mr. Buchanan
never failed, upon all suitable occasions, to warn his countrymen of the approaching danger, and to advise them of the proper means to avert it. Both before and after he became President
be was an earnest advocate of compromise between the parties to save the Union
, but Congress disregarded his recommendations.
Even after he had, in his messages, exposed the dangerous condition of public affairs, and when it had become morally certain that all his efforts to avoid the civil war would be frustrated by agencies far beyond his control, they persistently refused to pass any measures enabling him or his successor to execute the laws against armed resistance, or to defend the country against approaching rebellion.
The book concludes by a notice of the successful domestic