Too good to be lost:
, of Massachusetts
, is in hot water about his military order intended to menace the South
Among many letters of remonstrance from patriotic military men in the State
, is one from Capt. Charles H. Manning
, of the Salem Artillery.
They, the Salem
Light Artillery, are now filled with astonishment at the alacrity with which Massachusetts
offers her services in the work of war against her brethren.
That she who, swept on by political rancor, proposed to shut up her arsenals and her store-houses, and bury every military ensign in the dusty seclusion of deserted armories, while a foreign foe was sweeping our seas, destroying our towns, and devastating our fields — that she should now rush to arms against those of her fellow-citizens who ask for a position equal with her own under the confederation, is as strange and unnatural as that national madness which vents itself in the horrors of civil strife.
That she who denounced and defied the Union
, while it was in the hands of her political opponents, should now be eager to fight for its preservation, is somewhat significant.
It is impossible that the great industrial interests of Massachusetts
can be benefited by active hostilities.
Her commerce depends upon amicable relations throughout our land. --Her manufactures cannot flourish while a civil war rends our country.
The thousands of laborers and journeymen now anxiously waiting for peace cannot endure the additional distress with which prolonged collision would oppress them.
To them a fraternal Union alone, continued and sustained by a just recognition of Constitutional right everywhere, can bring plenty and prosperity.--These blessings cannot be secured by force of arms.
And while our intelligence remains to us, shall we not, as a free people, guided by the wisest counsels, and impelled by the broadest impulses, appeal to that spirit of concession which animated our fathers in their great work of establishing a republic of constitutional liberty on this continent?