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The New York Herald represents that Lincoln, at Fortress Monroe, presented "to the rebel States the open door of the Union; with all its constitutional guaranties, as their only way of escape from their sufferings and disasters under this terrible war." This in face of the fact that the United States Congress had formally abolished slavery; that the President of the United States announced to our commissioners that there could be no peace except upon the condition of laying down our arms and absolute submission to laws confiscating our property, according the death penalty to our citizens, and such legislation regulating the relations between the two races in the South as the Yankee Congress should adopt! We were to go into the Union without representation in the making of laws, for Mr. Lincoln told Mr. Hunter that while we could send representatives to the Yankee Congress, yet it rested with that Congress to say whether they would receive them or not! And this the Herald calls presenting "to the rebel States the open door of the Union, with all its constitutional guarantees"! The Herald asserts that all parties in the United States will now unite more harmoniously and effectively for vigorous war "than at any time since their first grand spontaneous uprising with the rebel bombardment of Fort Sumter."-- If that is true, it is equally true of the Confederacy, which has never been in such a blaze of excitement since 1861.--What did the union of all parties in the North, at the time of "the rebel bombardment of Fort Sumter," accomplish? Did it prevent "the rebels" from taking the fort? Has it enabled the Federalists, in four years of war, to retake what they lost? Seward promised them that in ninety days the war would be at an end. Did the union of all parties in the North accomplish that prediction? What renders Northern union, even if it exists, more terrible now? They pretend to have four hundred thousand men in the field — the time of half of whom goes out this year. Suppose they keep that number up, and even exceed it by the coming draft. We can equal-their numbers, and they have given us such motives to fight as we never had before.--The defection of rascally Northern politicians is a thing to be expected. The Confederacy leans upon no such broken reed. Its reliance is upon God and its own stout heart and strong hand.
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