The evil passions of the North.
No mad and be collection of men, become the roughly had at once.
With some exceptions — with the exception of monsters who are born monsters, and who come forth to their first daylight biting and mariling at everybody, and so continue till they return to their father, the Devil — the path to total depravity is rarely reached at a bound.
There is another truism, too, which may be stated to this connexion.
If there are few men totally depraved, there are none totally good.
The best of our race are like their follows, a compound of good and bad. The precious metals predominate in some, but even in them there is a good deal alloy; and no one, however pure, would be willing to unbosom his whole inner nature to his best friend.
There truths may help us in some sort towards a solution of that great mystery of combated felly and depravity which the Northern
people are exhibiting in this war.
We have been often tussled, not less than horrified, by the they have made of themselves.
We have been in the habit of looking upon human nature as in all essential points the same among all nations.
We know that there was a time when the North
embraced within its limits many virtuous and Christian people.
What has become of them?
Where have their reason and religion fled?
We know that, even up to the hour of dissolution, the North
had statement ripe in years, of approved judgment and experience, who had grown gray in public life, and who had associated for half a century with Southern representatives, so that they possessed every opportunity of understanding Southern as well as Northern character.
There were Case, Everett
, and others, whose names will readily occur to every intelligent reader.
How then, are we to understand the unrelieved and unmitigated brutality of the North
in this war?
Why have not their wise statesmen rebuked the madness of the people?
Why, instead of recusing their madness, have they actually led the way in the popular phrensy and ferocity?
We cannot believe that the North
has been suddenly demoralized.
Making all allowance for the excitement of the first burst of fury caused by the stern defiance which the South
hurled at the despot Lincoln
when he draw the sword, we can not, on this hypotheses, explain the prolonged and persevering wickedness which has marked this war. We believe it can only be ascribed to a gradual corruption of manners arising from the united influences of infidelity, fanaticism, wealth, and the greed of gain.
For a quarter of a century, New England
has had little religions faith, nothing remaining of the Puritan
creed but Puritan In the other States, infidelity has been as rank, themselves, and almost at universal, as in France
before a her first Revolution.
Added to these have been the corruptions invariably engendered by overgrown wealth, and the demoralizing, influences which large cities — those ‘"sores upon the body politics"’ --always exert upon every community.
The tendency in the North
has been universal to city life, and those so their, the sowers of all the abominations of all the world, have given the law in morals and fashions in the country.
There have been no social checks to those tendencies; the old aristocracy has entirely disappeared, and a dead level of unbridled democracy has been open, like the ocean, to the demon of every storm.
The statesmen, who only lived by the popular pleasure, found their safety in sailing with the current and themselves, tainted with the universal corruption, have been without the generosity and moral courage to lift one warning voice against the general madness.
"Is thy servant a dog that he should do this thing," said one of the warriors of Scriptures when the prophet foretold the and crimes he would one day practice.
So the North
would once have said, if any one had predicted that it would one day of Europe
in its sets of oppression, bloodshed, and atrocity?
Yet all this has come to pass, and it does net seem to realize that its character has undergone any transformation.
It perpetrates callousness deeds that make the whole civilized world shudder.
It could not suddenly here become thus depraved are cruel.
Its corruptions have been gradually growing, and the war has only applied the torch to combustibles which have long been in preparation for a grand conflagration.
Just as individuals once respectable, by a long indulgence of evil passions, may become more like beasts than men, nations, which are but aggregations of individuals, may become at last go lost to Principle, purity, honor, magnanimity, and justice, that we begin to wonder whether human nature is the same in them as in the rest of mankind.
It is against a people thus demoralized and depraved that the South
is now defending its altars and its homes.
Well did invulnerable Virginian remark that it would be worth threefold the sufferings which the South
has encored to be eternally separated from such a people.
May we not hope become effort to come out from those who have thus corrupt and depraved, the God of Battle will aid our cause to its ultimate triumph?