Started by Mr. SewardThe New York Express said, on April 15th, 1861 (the day after the surrender of Sumter):
The “Irrepressible conflict” started by Mr. Seward, and endorsed by the Republican party, has at length attained to its logical foreseen result. That conflict undertaken for the sake of humanity culminates now in inhumanity itself. * * * The people of the United States, it must be borne in mind, petitioned, begged and implored these men (Lincoln, Seward. et id), who are become their accidental masters, to give them an opportunity to be heard before this unnatural strife was pushed to a bloody extreme, but their petitions were all spurned with contempt, &c.Mr. George Lunt, a Boston lawyer, in an able work, published in 1866, entitled ‘The Origin of the Late War,’ from which we have before quoted, says of the action of the Northern people: ‘But by incessantly working on the popular mind, through every channel through which it could be possibly reached, a state of feeling was produced which led to the enactment of Personal Liberty bills by one after another of the Northern Legislative Assemblies. At length fourteen of the sixteen Free States had provided statutes which rendered any attempt to execute the fugitive slave act so difficult as to be practically impossible, and placed each of those States in an attitude of, virtual resistance to the laws of the united States.’ If these acts were not nullification, what were they?