Compliment to a young Virginian.
--The St. Louis Bulletin
, of Jan. 29th, contains a well written card from Mr. Matt. R. Cullen
, declining a nomination for a seat in the Missouri Convention. Mr.
C. is a native of this city, and son of the late Dr. John Cullen
.--His talents have won for him a high position in the regard of his fellow-citizens of St. Louis
, and he had been urged by many of them to announce himself as a candidate for the high position named, which he modestly declines in favor of more experienced and fitting men. While desiring the restoration of the Union
upon the basis of the Crittenden resolutions, he says:
I recognize the right of secession.
I will oppose any man who is in favor of coercing a State which may exercise its right and power to withdraw from this Union at any time, when, in its opinion, the Government
does not execute the designs for which it was instituted.
Whenever the Federal Government
shall attempt to coerce a State, it is usurpation,
and as such should be resisted.
I am told that resistance will be rebellion.
Then I say, let it be. But we who do so resist, will remember the earlier patriots taught--‘ "Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God."’