Our readers must have been struck with this sentence in Mr. Lincoln
"I have not maintained silence from any want of real anxiety.
It is a good thing that there is no more than anxiety, for there is nothing going wrong.
It is a consoling circumstance that when we look out there is nothing that really hurts anybody.
We entertain different views upon political questions, but nobody is suffering anything.
There is not a man in this country who is not poorer now than he was before the 4th of March last. Many have lost half; multitudes, all. Multitudes of laboring men, with large families, have been thrown out of employment.
Starvation even has occurred in some of our large cities, and England
itself is shivering in the storm.
Six States have left the Union
; preparations for civil war are resounding from Massachusetts
to the Gulf
; the hearts of the whole people are bowed down with apprehensions of the coming woe; prayers for deliverance are arising to Almighty God from every altar in the land; a standing army is concentrated at Washington
, and the National Treasury
is bankrupt; and in the midst of it all, this — what shall we call him — a man, or a gibbering ape, squeaks out, ‘ "Nothing hurts anybody!
Nobody is suffering anything!"’