How they fall!
Poor old Mr. Reverdy Johnson
, of Maryland
, who has stood before the world in his day as a gentleman, and one of the most distinguished lawyers of the old Union, has met the late of all of his class of men who attached themselves to the base and unscrupulous Administration of Abraham Lincoln
This faithless Marylander
has seemed of late ambitions of becoming the especial defender of the Administration and the policy of the Federal Government
On the subject of the Abolition proclamation of Lincoln
, he took upon himself the task of maintaining its constitutionality and lawfulness.--Thus he abandons his people and his State--betraying what it was his highest duty to defend even with his life's blood — to propitiate the Lincoln
Contrasting his former standing with his present position in the harness of Black Republicanism, working kindly with the basest and most brutal of Northern subjugationists and rebel crushers, we see how low a man may fall when he loses his self-respect, and when integrity, honesty, and every public and private virtue is made to give way to a corrupt ambition.
is aspiring to something which he thinks he can only get through the agency of Black Republicanism.
Yet not withstanding his abandonment of every duty to his countrymen and his State, he recently stood up in the Senate and discussed very coolly a proposition to restrict the issues of the State Banks
as one that was in conflict with the Constitution
and the rights of the States.
It was not unlike the feeble flare of an expiring candle, or the fitful utterance of a rational and coherent remark by a madman.
Nothing could seem to be a more perfect mockery than for this aged traitor to attempt now a defence of State rights.
It must have produced a grin upon the faces of all of his saturnine companions in the work of destroying the Constitution
and crushing the liberties of the Republic
It were charity to suppose that with his very old age comes feebleness and a waning intellect; and, as is often the case, as his intellect declines his vanity and conceit, and his ambition, (always inordinate,) have grown in an inverse ratio.
This condition of the man would, indeed, entitle him to pity; but, nevertheless, it places him irretrievably in that throng of public men in the Northern Government
whose virtue was not strong enough to resist temptation, and who will be handed down by the history of these times to the execration of mankind.