The difficulties that Beset us.
Six States have seceded from the American Union.
This is a fact that can neither be ignored nor forgotten.
It is a custom of some tacticians to vent their spleen against South Carolina
, and to call down public reprobation on that State.
Her acts are her own, and for them she is responsible.
We apprehend she is not afraid of the responsibility.
But she is only one-sixth
in the list of seceding States.--She does not stand for them all, nor all for her, as respects her local policy.
They all, however, stand toward her as does Virginia
: i. e., they will resist coercion of any Southern State by the Federal Government.
Should no settlement of our national troubles be effected by the 4th of March, and the South
be not united, the seceding States will in all human probability be attacked, and then, according to resolutions of all except Missouri
, the whole Southern sisterhood of States will be involved in a general war.
What are the chances of the settlement of our troubles?
The Constitution provides that amendments to that instrument must be approved by three-fourths of the States.
By the middle of February one-fourth
of the States will be out of the Union
Yet the determination of Congress is not to recognize their secession.
The Clerks of both Houses have been instructed not to strike the names of their Representatives from the rolls, and to call them whenever the rolls are called.
Therefore, they must be estimated in the voting on proposed amendments.
As they will not vote, the entire remaining three-fourths
voting, must vote for amendments before they can be declared adopted.
Will such an unanimous vote be given for the Crittenden
And will that satisfy the Southern States
if it should so be approved?
These are questions to be considered.
Events are rolling on, and we cannot see the ready solution of such obstacles by every breath of rumor as to the temper and disposition of one or two individuals, however prominent they may be.