Horrible purposes of the party in power.
The Richmond Examiner
says that an incorrect and imperfect statement of a conversation between Dr. Wirt
, of Westmoreland
, and Salmon P. Chase
, the new supposed Secretary of the Treasury
, the strongest will and leading spirit of Lincoln
's Cabinet, having appeared in the telegraphic reports of a morning paper, the gentleman to whom the following letter is addressed desires to make public this full and authentic statement of that conversation.
It flats like a pencil of light on the whole proceedings of the new party in power.
"I have been anxious to communicate the substance of a conversation held by Dr. Wirt
, (my brother-in-law,) with ex-Gov. Chase
, of Ohio
, in Washington
, on the evening of Friday, the 15th February.
He called upon Chase
and expressed a hope that as he would probably be in Lincoln
's Cabinet, he would use his influence to preserve peace in the South
, and not attempt to reinforce or retake the Southern
forts; and Chase
told him that the President
would do his duty, and reinforce Anderson
and protect him at all hazards.
If South Carolina
resisted, the consequences would be on her own head.
told him what would be the effect of such a course on the South
All the conservative and Union-loving men of Virginia
and the South
would resist; secession would result, and the entire South
forced into Union.
He answered that could not be helped — When Dr. Wirt
inquired if he ever expected the South
to return to the Union
after their homes had been threatened and their country devastated, he answered, 'We do not want them to return.--If the slave States remain in the Union
, they will have to be satisfied with much less than they are now demanding.' Dr. Wirt
then inquired if he expected to subjugate the South
'Ten millions of people, with four millions of slaves in their midst, could scarcely resist twenty-six millions.' But what is your object?
Inquired Dr. Wirt
, and he answered, 'to free the slave who is the cause of the war.' What will you do with him when thus freed? 'Allow you to have him as a "Peon
" to work your fields, if you are willing to pay for their services; if not, they can be colonized in Central America.
' Dr. Wirt
then inquired if the fugitive slave law was to be respected.
said:'It would have to be modified, and when a slave who escaped was pursued and identified,
he could be given up or paid for; if paid for, he would be sent to the aforesaid colony in Central America
"He added, in the event of war in the South
, no slaves would be in Virginia
within one year; and in ten years, no slaves would be found within the borders of the Southern Confederacy."