The disease of sectionalism mortal to the Union.
In the whole history of popular delusions there has been no instance of such persistent and stubborn self-deception as that which a portion of the people of the border States have practiced upon themselves in regard to the existence of a conservative sentiment at the North
That there is a conservative sentiment at the North
That there is a conservative continent in that section, is not to be denied; there were a few just men in Sodom
; there was a Daniel
, left by Jehovah to pronounce the Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin
upon Belshazzer the King
; but while every morning's dispatches bring tidings of growing and increased hostility in that section, the counter evidences of a conservative reaction are like angel's visits — few, and far between.
It was the pithy remark of John Brown
, in his marginal notes upon Ward Bercher
's sermon, wherein that truculent divine was saying what ought to be done with slaveholders, ‘"why don't he come and do it?
"’ If we were asked to define in a few words the temper of the entire masses of the Northern
people towards the South
, we should say, that they have the hatred of Brown
with the cowardice of Beecher
. If a poll were now taken in that section between those who approve and those who disapprove the action of Brown
and the sentiments of Beecher
, the majority of the former would double that which was given in favor of Abraham Lincoln
, in November.
That they have not, long ago, demonstrated, in active form, and in the truculent manner of their one brave man who assailed Harper's Ferry
, the same spirit of hatred and the same thirst for blood, is due alone to the prudent considerations which have withheld the reverend Beecher
They have sundered the holy bonds that bind together in church membership, Christians of a common faith and a common Communion.
The hatred which actuates them is not merely the hatred of one people and race against those of a different nativity, such as that which kept the Scotch and English cutting each other's throats for so many centuries, such as that which fires the Irishman with unspeakable and undying vengeance against his English fellow-subject; but it partakes of a religious antipathy, and breathes forth the same spirit of fire and slaughter which burned in Saul
on his way from Jerusalem
; which produced the night of Saint Bartholomew, and which desolated England
in those long and bloody wars of the Cavaliers and the Roundheads.
For forty years they have taught the hatred of slavery in the Northern
schools as an elementary branch of common school education; and there is not now one man in five, of Northern schooling, in that whole section, that does not believe in his heart, whatever he may profess with his lips, that slavery is what he used to write it in his copy-book — the sum of villainies — a league with death and a covenant with hell.
Accordingly, every appeal to Northern sentiment on this subject only brings out renewed and still more energetic suffrages against any compromise with the South
Like ink in large inkstands, Black Republicanism becomes blacker the deeper you probe into the Northern
heart; and every incident that occurs to stir deeper the fountains of Northern feeling, serves to reveal but a blacker state of affairs.
Of what avail would the adoption of compromises be in a case like this, even if they could be secured?
It would be like treating with external palliations and lotions a disease which rankles at the heart's core.
It is like applying the wretched salves and slops of a quack to a broken bone.
requested the other States to meet in Peace Conference, it meant no more, and in the nature of things could mean no more, than if she had exhorted them to try a bottle of ‘"Radway's Ready Relief."’ The Crittenden
Compromise, conceived, presented, and urged by its aged author in so motherly a spirit, hopeless of adoption as it was, and as it is, could have done no more good in healing the Union
than a vial of "Spalding
While the South
has been so prolific of compromises, so pregnant and fruitful in schemes of adjustment, what has been the course of the North
Not a single proposition of conciliation has yet come from the dominate party in that section, which has not only sullenly refused to propose any terms whatever, but has doggedly voted down every proffer of compromise that has come from the petitioning South
How long is this self-delusion respecting Northern sentiment to continue on the part of Virginia
When will she open her eyes to the wretched empiricism of the treatment which she is bestowing upon the mortal disease of sectionalism that afflicts the old Union?
Even while she is still imploring for peace, the imperious abolitionist at whose Presidential feet she lays her petitions, is hurling the thunderbolts of war against the South
Is her Convention too busy with its schemes for acquiring a contemptible party ascendancy in the State
, not to hear the mutterings of impending war, and the approaching tread of the mercenary soldier?
Since the degenerate Senators
still disputed for the leadership while Alaric, with his barbarian hordes, was thundering at the city gates, the world has not witnessed such an exhibition of fatuity.