As Southern men, we are quite willing that Lincoln
should stand before the world as representative men of their two sections.
But, in spite of all the wrongs and robberies which the South
has suffered' from Northern abolitionism, and the fact that the North
deliberately selected Lincoln
as its representative man, we will do it no such injustice as to avail ourselves of the advantage which its own action has placed in our hands.
A section which can boast such names as O'Conner
, &c., even though they cannot be elected to office, cannot be said to be entirely represented by such a person as Lincoln
, The conservative minority in the North
are among the noblest of mankind.
Conservatism in the South
is a recommendation to official promotion and honors, and may not be always disinterested; in the North
, it signs a man's political death- warrant.
Yet in every city, in every town and county of every Northern State, there are some men who cheerfully submit to perpetual defeat and personal obscurity, rather than surrender their convictions of right and justice.
Immortal honor to those Northern gentlemen, the flower of genuine chivalry, than whom there are none better and braver in any land!