Speech of the New Senator from Georgia.
--Hon. Herschel V. Johnson
, the news-elected Confederate Senator
, made a speech in Milledgeville
on the 24th inst. A letter gives the following summary of his address:
He come square up to the support of the Administration, and defended the impressment law as a necessary measure for the subsistence or the army.
He would have prices fixed by arbitrators of the vicinage.
He counselled the cordial support of the Government
as the sheet-anchor of our hopes.
He thought it unstatesmanlike and unmanly to say that the law was unconstitutional, or that the Government
There were some, he said, that the angel Gabriel
could not satisfy.
He would not have the arrogance, he said, to say that he could offer a remedy for our financial difficulties.
He thought taxation must be vigorously resorted to, and had been delayed too long.
He denounced those who have tried the spirit of the people by abuses of the impressment law, and counselled harmony and hopeful perseverance.--He wished he had language to portray the importance of our whole people being a unit.
With our armies in the field.--the noblest race of men ever marshalled under banners — with their bosoms bared to the enemy — how will they feel when they see us wrangling over a few dollars taken from us by impressment.
If we would discourage them let us indulge this fault-finding spirit.
He was proud to see that the General Assembly had re-affirmed the step she took in 1861.
There is no step backward.
All is now involved in the struggle that is dear to man — home, society, liberty, honor, everything — with the certainly of the most degrading fate that ever oppressed a people, if we fall.
It is not recorded in history that 8,000,000 of united people, resolved to be free, have failed.
We cannot yield if we would.
Yield to the Federal
authorities — to vassalage and subjugation — the bleaching bones of 100,000 gallant soldiers stain in battle would be clothed in tongues of fire to curse to everlasting infamy the man that whispers yield.
God is with us, because He is always with the right.
He closed in counselling a firm reliance on Providence
, and the cultivation of a spirit of reliance and devotion.