.--Very few people indeed have been placed in a more trying position and sacrificed more for the sake of the Union
than has Mrs. Douglas
She has persistently refused to entertain the proposition forwarded to her by a special messenger under a flag of truce from the Governor
of North Carolina
, asking that the two sons of the late Senator Douglas
be sent South to save their extensive estates in Mississippi
If she refused, a large property would be taken from the children, and, in her present reduced circumstances, they may thereby eventually be placed in straitened circumstances.
Here, then, was an appeal made directly to her tender regard for them, which, if she should refuse, would work disastrously against them in after years.
But her answer was worthy of herself and of her late distinguished husband.
If the rebels wish to make war upon defenseless children, and take away the all of little orphan boys, it must be so; but she could not for an instant think of surrendering them to the enemies of their country and of their father.
His last words were, “Tell them to obey the Constitution
and the laws of the country,” and Mrs. Douglas
will not make herself the instrument of disobeying his dying injunction.
The children, she says, belong to Illinois
, and must remain in the North
and the North
, we take it, will see to it that they are not sufferers by the devotedness and patriotism of their mother.--Louisville Journal, Dec