"What are we fighting For?"
--A correspondent of the Albany (N. Y.) Argus
discusses this much mooted question.
, the State
that has done more than any other to bring about the present emergency, ask herself the question, whether, in sending her thousands of men, and donating her millions, she is secretly carrying out the past and present teachings of her Sumners
, Wilsons, Phillipses, Garrisons and Bankses, or whether she has abandoned the purposes of her life, realizing the folly of the course she has pursued in her abolition crusade upon the South
she has for once this one motive in view, the Union
, the Constitution
, and the protection of the law. Would to God that we could believe that this is her only purpose.
If the North
be actuated by motives other than these, it will require no prophetic eye to see that a day of reckoning is in store for her. Were it known to-day that it is the purpose of the present Administration — as has been avowed by many of the Republican
and Abolition journals of the North
--not only to subdue the South
, but directly to wrest from them their institutions — I say, could this be known, the great heart of the Northern
people would shrink from such a contest, and the overwhelming army that has been raised at the call of the President
, from every town and hamlet all over the North
, would melt away at such a call as dew before the morning sun."