Lincoln's speaking out.
It is now given out that, ‘"soon after the electoral vote shall be counted on the second Wednesday in February, Mr. Lincoln
will acquaint the public with his views on the pending crisis.
Heretofore, he has not felt that it was proper for him, in advance of the official declaration of his election, to take a prominent part in the direction of political affairs."’
There have been various statements of Lincoln
's views on slave institutions — some reporting him as conservative, some as radical Both true, we have no doubt, for he has spoken on both sides of the question.
But if he had never uttered an anti- slavery sentiment in his life, the fact that, from the 6th day of November last, when he was elevated to the Presidency, up to this hour, he has remained silent amid a sectional, political, and financial storm, which has shaken the country to pieces, made every man in it poorer, brought the demon of strife and discord to every neighborhood, lighted up the heavens with the red glare of civil war, filled the streets and alleys of every city with crowds of hungry, starving, and freezing men and women, when one word from him might have saved the Union and the world the whole of this protracted and infinite agony
, proves him to be the most obstinate and heartless despot, crowned or uncrowned, that exists on the face of the earth.
There is no sovereign of Europe
who would dare refuse to rescue his subjects from such a state of things as exists in this country, even if it cost him the most painful sacrifices; or, if there be, there are no subjects on the face of the earth, who would not rise in their majesty, as one man, and hurl such a tyrant from his throne?
And the excuse for all this — the hollow and hypocritical pretext, is, that the Western Flat
boatman and Rail splitter did not consider it agreeable to etiquette to announce his sentiments in advance of the ‘"official
declaration of his election."’
declaration of his election!--Why, the country did not need the official
declaration, to be bankrupted and destroyed. --The fact was certain enough, without counting the votes, to divide the Union
, and yet this formal and ceremonious Beau Brummel
could not really consider it consistent with propriety
to utter a single word based upon the existence of that fact, even though that one word might save the United States
from political perdition!
We have heard an anecdote of an Englishman who declined to save a drowning man because he had never been introduced to him; but, if he had been able to save thirty millions of people by simply reaching out his hand and had refused to do it, we should then have an unexaggerated' idea of the merciless ceremoniousness of "Uncle Abe." Now, appalled by the whirlwind that he has roused, he will vouchsafe to speak.
He speaks too late, so far as the Garden Spot
of the Union
King Cotton, who upholds the commerce of the United States
, keeps in motion all its factories, pays the taxes and supports the Government
, has renounced his allegiance to King Lincoln, and henceforth is as sovereign and as independent of that Roundhead tyrant as is the Emperor
of the French
or the Queen