Lincoln the permanent President of the North.
A gentleman of respectability who formerly represented one of the Northern
border counties in the Virginia Legislature, was recently arrested by Federal authority and taken to Washington
He was after a time liberated, and was by Lincoln
's order conducted into his presence.
The Northern President
asked him "how long did the Southern
people think this war would last?" The reply was, "They think it will end with your administration. " Lincoln
very coolly rejoined, "That will probably last as long as I live.
This is no time for elections!" These are nearly the exact words of the conversation as reported by good authority to us. Whether it be correctly reported or not, we are well convinced of one thing, and that is: that if this war does not and before the time of electing the President
of the Federal States
, nobody will be allowed to be elected save Lincoln
. "Aut C
æsar aut nullus.
" If he is not to be chosen, the ballot-box will either not be opened, or will be so disposed of after being opened, as to end in defeating any change of rulers.
The public sentiment, if not for Lincoln
, will be overridden by the military authority, and the Northern
people will at last have realized the fact, already patent to the world, that they are completely enslaved by the vilest and most vulgar despotism on the face of the earth.
At present a part of the Northern
people are fired by fanaticism, and malignity and haired towards the South
; another portion are absorbed, heart and soul, by the hopes and "calculations" of recovering the trade of the South
, with its vast gains, which have filled their land with wealth and adorned it with temples and palaces.
A few only of the population are aware of the true nature of the circumstances that surround them.
These, and none other, see that besotted tyranny which pervades their country and is entering into their very households, like the frogs of Egypt
Yet, bold, impudent, and domineering as that tyranny is, it will have to be more clearly developed to open the eyes of the nation.
is permanent President
, when domiciliary visits, arbitrary arrests and imprisonments, without accusation, are multiplied without number — when the rights of people, the habeas corpus,
trial by jury, and all popular security, are ended — they may wake up from the delusion which has veiled their eyes while helping to subjugate the South
That they have submitted up to this time to the oppressions and outrages of their Government encourages the opinion that they will hardly resist when the time of the matured existence of the tyranny arrives.
If they should not, of course they do not deserve to be free.--The course and ill bred tyrant that oppresses them will be worthy of them and they of him.