In our columns to-day will be found the dignified and noble proclamation of Gen. Lee
to the people of Maryland
What a contrast to the vaporing and despotic addresses of the Yankee
It places before Maryland
a free choice of her destiny, leaving her at entire liberty, without menace or compulsion, to unite her fortunes with either the Northern
or the Southern Union.
In its spirit, its sentiments and language, it is worthy of the cause of Southern independence, of the great leader of the Southern
armies, and of the magnanimous and heroic people whom he represents.
, whose moderation, modesty, and unselfishness are as admirable as his resplendent military genius, will achieve for the Southern
cause as much influence by the wisdom of his counsels as the prowess of his arms.