Good advice — Don't Desert the Ship.
The last words of the gallant Lawrence
were "Don't give up the ship." The enemy was pouring in his death-dealing broadsides; the timbers were crashing; guns dismounted; the men slaughtered like cattle in the shambles; but the heroic commander, mortally wounded though he was, slowly breathed his brave life away with the words, "Don't give up the ship.
" Let the patriots of Virginia
heed this advice.
There is no such State as Virginia
, North or South.
There are no such people as her planters anywhere.
We hear daily of the departures accomplished and in prospect of large numbers of gentlemen with their slaves.
This is just what Seward
& Co. desire.
Let them stick to the old State.
Let them not sacrifice their fine estates to the nasal and vulgar ruffians of Black Republicanism.
Let them stand by this glorious old Commonwealth to the last, and fight for their rights and honor over their fathers' graves.
Our neighbor of the Examiner
gives some excellent advice in yesterday's paper.
To some extracts we invite the special attention of our Eastern slave-owners:
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"We shall not adjure the slave-owners to stay for the good of the State-Rights Party.
In things that concern men's money and bread, it is idle to talk the abstractions of political expediency.
But we would have those frightened citizens remember that all their goods are not slaves.
They are proprietors of lands, of stock, of houses; they desire to live in their native country because it pleases all men better than any foreign country can please exiles.
They feel the natural attachment to the land of nativity, and living there, it is important that business should go on, that the property which residence requires them to keep here should have a value in the market, and that ordinary occupation should produce profits.
But such cannot be the case if they send away hundreds of thousands of slaves in a few mouths.--The slaves cultivate the soil; when they are gone the land must be sold; and the prodigious amount of real property thrown on the market must necessarily produce depreciation in its value.
With it will come complete stagnation of business, cessation of enterprise, universal poverty, and decay of all prosperity.
To save their slaves they must ruin their own families in common with all those who depend upon the general wealth, and bury themselves like Sampson
in the ruin which they will tumble on the heads of the Philistines."
then proceeds to show that there is no reason for the apprehension of Virginia
's remaining under Abolition sway, which is producing consequences already so serious, and menaces such a translocation of capital, and with it must produce such a tremendous crash of fortunes, such ruin of the rich, such misery of the poor, that it is the duty of every citizen who values his own security to give attention to the matter; and if their fear be unnecessary and unfounded, to do what lies in him to relieve and quiet it. It says:
"All the young, all the vigorous, the manly, the intelligent, the informed and sincere portion of the Virginia
population, is on the side of Independence, Defence and Resistance.
The inevitable course of events oppose themselves to the principles and plans of Submissionists.
She cannot remain in the Confederacy
of the North
under an Abolition Executive, a sectionalized Congress, and impotent Court, without the defence of the Constitution
, and without the aid of her sisters.
It has long been clear to every intelligent man that there can be no return of the seceded States.
The Northern majority will never bate an inch; Congress has gone without leaving the shade of a compromise; the Southern Government
is formed and in full function; capitalists, those seers of all revolutions, have proved their confidence in its stability by investing their money under its protection in vast sums; a great commerce has commenced; prices of everything that is bought and sold have gone up; national pride unites with interest to close the door of re-union.
The Dissolution of the Union
is no longer a question of the future.
It is a fact of the past.
The Union is dissolved.--To reconstruct it there must be a new Revolution in the Southern Confederacy.
Without amendments to the Federal Constitution
of the strongest character — without provisions for the equality and security of the Southern States
more comprehensive even than have yet been proposed in Virginia
, no intelligent man has ever believed the seceded Confederacy could be brought back.
Now that all compromise, all adjustment, all concessions of every description have been sternly refused, and put entirely out of reach and hope forever, even the ignorant and the uninformed are forced to comprehend this terrible fact: that the Union
has ceased to exist.
There is no more Union to be saved.
Queen Elizabeth is dead.
and Disunionists are as obsolete as Whigs and Tories, Cavaliers and Roundheads.
The mass of the people are slow to comprehend this new state of things; but when they do, all classes of the Virginian
people will be together.
When the only issue that we can now have is once fairly before our public, from the necessity of things, they can make but one decision — The question now up is not whether we shall carry our property into the Territories
, but whether we shall own it in Virginia
; not whether we shall be masters of our slaves, but whether we shall or not be slaves ourselves; whether we shall be the citizens of an independent State called Virginia
, or provincial subjects of a centralized and consolidated republic controlled by New England
--republic in name, despotism in fact.
The people of Virginia have not to choose between a Northern Union or a Southern Union.
Many would 'like to keep things as they were a year ago;' but a few weeks or months will satisfy the most obtuse of these that no earthly power can bring back the things that were.
Some tricksters will make for a middle ground called the Central Confederacy
, and endeavor to lead off the State
on that lunar territory; but they will soon give it up themselves, from the palpable certainty that when people alter their country's allegiance at all, they will wish to do so to some purpose, and for good.
The whole question will be narrowed down to this-- will Virginia
go with the Southern States
, or stay with the Northern States
That question must be answered, that choice must be made; for actual events and the calls of government will not permit it to be put aside.
Now, when forced to choose, there can be no doubt but that all Virginians
, except a little clique of impotent traitors and obscure Abolitionists,--whom the majority can convince in their own way, --will elect for the South
.--Supposing this State to be as selfish and abject as Seward
believes, interest is too imperative to permit hesitation.
Choice for the North
would be pecuniary disaster, compared to which the crises of ' 37 and '57 were as the explosion of two bladders to the bursting of a cannon; for then the slaves and their masters, too, would go, not gradually, but all at once, and all property would come down from dollars to cents, and there remain.
Choice for the South
would give security to wealth a once, and an immediate commerce that would fill this State with money.
To remain with the North
, the Border States
must accept the place and condition of subjugated provinces, from whom revenue will be collected by a Government in which they have no voice, by laws in whose creation they have no part Uniting with the South
would at once become the exporting and importing State of the whole — for there is no tolerable port south of Hampton Roads
— and take her legitimate place as the acknowledged head of all her natural comrades."
As to the absurd notion that, in the event of joining the Southern Confederacy, slavery in Virginia
would no longer have the protection of the Federal Government
, the Examiner
remarks that it shall not insult the understanding of the Virginian
planter by explaining to him that though we shall lose Lincoln
's aid, there will yet be a Central Government in the land, and the sole difference in the amount of its protection and his own safety then and now will be the difference between that to be afforded by a Government altogether in the hands of Abolitionists and that which will be given by a Government altogether in the hands of slaveholders.
The Southern Union will consist of slave States alone.
Its institutions and interests will be homogeneous.
All the laws will be made with one aim-- the protection of Southern people and property.
Its Administration will no longer be the elect of slaveholders and Abolitionists together, leaning to one side, afraid of the other;--but, chosen by one people, he will be bound to use every tittle of power in his hands for their sole safety.
The army and navy, the police and the courts, will then work but one way, and all the protection that earthly power can afford will then be surely given to the negro and his master.
The Virginian planter would be wise to wait.
Nothing can hurt him here but the conquest of the country; and before that is done there must be,
"Many a banner soiled and torn, And many a knight to earth be borne."