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Abolitionists and conservatives

The Abolitionists do not answer as rapidly to the roll-call as they promised before Lincoln's proclamation. According to Gov. Andrew, of Massachusetts, the highways were to be crowded with volunteers if Lincoln would only issue such a proclamation; but according to a Boston paper, published since the proclamation, the highways continue unobstructed. It is in vain that Bennett, of the Herald, insists that Grealey, of the Tribune, shall now buckles on his armor, Grealey, who is almost as pusillanimous as Bennett, refuses to do any such thing. Henry Ward Deecher is requested by a Sergeant of Corcoran's brigade to enlist in that estimable corps, and become indignant at the idea; and considers it an insult. It is evident that the Abolitionists have no idea of fighting, and are just as ridiculous as the conservatives represent them.--Granting all this, what are we to think of the conservatives, who yield to such influences, and who permit this contemptible faction to control their Government, and to force them to fight, whilst they remain at home? The truth is, there is little difference between them, except that the conservatives are greater hypocrites. We know not why a Southern man should have any choice between Corcoran and Beecher, Bennett and Greeley, Butler and Wendell Phillips. If it be true that the Abolitionists have staid at home, and left the conservatives to fight the battles of the Union, the conservatives need not hold up their hands to us, red with the blood of our sons and brothers, and expect us to see any difference in their favor between them and their cowardly accessories at home. And so far as practical abolition is concerned, we don't see in what respect negro property was any safer before the proclamation than it is after it.--Wherever the Federal conservative armies have come, they have swept the land clean of the negroes and set an example of amalgamation which any decent Abolitionist would have shrunk from. Abolitionists are vile enough, in all conscience, but they seem to be exempt from the crime of professing friendship when they are perpetrating murder, which is one of the peculiar characteristics of conservatives.

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