Lincoln's Test of fidelity.
--There is no peace or security for the decently disposed citizens of the Federal Metropolis
at this juncture of affairs, it being in the possession of an organized abolition mob, whose pay for "services rendered" are in exact ratio to their enmity to the South
, her peculiar institution, and parties who may uphold its perpetuation.
It is not surprising, therefore, that numbers of citizens of this State, resident in Washington
, have felt called upon, by feelings of self-respect, to quit the place since the inauguration of the policy of "Abraham the first."--To such lengths is the coercive policy carried, that no one is safe who will not consent to yield obedience to the behests of the Baboon President
and his chosen agents.
Test oaths are as common as blackberries, and he who refuses to swallow them is in peril of his life.
of Departments are drilled in the use of the musket instead of the pen. Speaking of oaths, we have seen a copy of the one administered to the Treasury clerks at Washington
, shown us by a citizen of Rappahannock
who held such a position, and who had to "stampede," on indignantly refusing to swear allegiance.
It reads as follows:
Treasury Department, April 21, 1861.
I. A. B., at the present since in the United States
service as a Clerk, do solemnly swear that I will support, protect and defend the Constitution
and Government of the United States
against all enemies, whether domestic or foreign, and that I will bear true faith and loyalty to the same as established by the Constitution
and laws; and further, that I do this with a full determination and pledge, without any mental reservation or evasion, to perform in good faith all the duties which may be legally required of me: so help me God.
County of Washington
, To wit.
District of Columbia. To wit.
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 21st day of April, 1861. C. D., (J. P.)