The resolution of Mr. Russell
, in the House of Representatives, which passed that body on Monday unanimously, was well conceived and well timed. "In view of recent events, " it was especially opportune It was brief and decisive.
And now let us hope that members will simply and earnestly devote themselves to the public welfare in accordance with the spirit and declarations of that resolution.
Some gentlemen have recently let off their peculiar views and impassion
suggestions and conjectures touching peace conventions, league with the Yankees
, etc. They ought to be satisfied, and rest for a time at least.
is giving no time for these dreams, no opportunity for their measures, whatever may be said of them.
He proposes subjugation or submission.
And every member of Congress has declared that he will never submit--"never, on any terms.
politically affiliate with" the Yankees
There is no room for debate — there is no time for discussing collateral issues.
There is time for nothing but resistance — bloody and determined resistance.
Every man in Congress has pledged himself to this; every State in the Confederacy
has pledged its means, and all its force, in like manner.
There is a clear plighting of the national faith of every State, and the lives, fortunes and sacred honor of every Southern man, to the common cause of the independence of the States of the Confederacy
— each for the other, and each for all. That these sacred pledges will be most faithfully, loyally and manfully maintained, none should, for a moment, doubt.
That is all that is necessary to ensure us the triumph — to secure us peace and independence — to liberate us, finally, from political affiliation and association with the most unprincipled people on earth.