An Alarming report.
We heard on Saturday a report that caused our very souls to quail within us. It was that Lincoln
had sent on to request an interview with Commissioners from Virginia
, that existing difficulties might be talked over and that, after all the falsehoods and deceptions he has already practiced, he might see whether he can't delude Virginia
once more to her ruin.
Of course, a report that any one in Virginia
would now believe anything that Lincoln
or his Cabinet could say or swear to, was ridiculous in the extreme; but the bare idea of its possibility was enough to give a man a shaking ague from his head to his heels.
For the arms of the Lincoln
Government the South
has nothing to fear, but let it beware of their arts.
Confidence and trust in others are undoubtedly marks of unsophisticated virtue; but, if virtue would be safe, it must not judge others by its own standard, especially when they have proved themselves false and unreliable.
That famous son, of New England
, John Quincy Adams
, once said: ‘"When a man deceives me once, it is his fault; if he deceive me a second time, it is my own."’ Remember that, Virginians
Write these words on your shining breast-plates; over the doors of your houses; in your heart of hearts.
Say them after your morning prayers, and when you lie down at night: ‘"Lincoln
has deceived me once — that was his fault.
If he deceive me a second time, it will be my own."’