, on a late occasion, said he had been commissioned by God to restore the American Union, and he meant to do it. He looks upon himself as raised up for that particular purpose, and he intends to accomplish his mission.
We have not much opinion of his raising, any way. It seems to have been so far as we can learn from contemporary history, anything but Divine; quite human, in fact, and very indifferent human, to say the least of it. That he may have been raised up for his present work is, however, among the possibilities.
We have heard of another man, much Lincoln
's superior in some respects, who was raised up for just such an enterprise as he is now engaged in. The name of his illustrious predecessor was Pharaoh, who would not let the people of Israel
go, and kept on hardening his heart till he was utterly destroyed. "For this very cause," said the Almighty, "I have raised thee up," and if Lincoln
has been raised up for anything, it is to accomplish a similar work.
Commissioned by God to restore the Union
If it were possible to reason with a fanatic, we should like the lunatic Lincoln
to inform us why he begun his Divinely-commissioned work of restoration by breaking the Union
Is it the Divine way of building up, to pull down?
had not attempted coercion, the Union
would be still entire and intact.
If it had been the design of providence that the Union
should be preserved, Lincoln
would never have been heard of. He was raised up to compel the children of Israel to separate from the Egyptians, and that is the only mission that he is likely to consummate.
We trust the time is not far distant when this object will be accomplished, and when he and all his hosts will be buried in the Red sea
of defeat and annihilation.