The Approaching twenty-second.
--The inauguration of the permanent government of the Confederate States
is to take place on the next anniversary of Washington
We learn from many sources of information that a large concourse of the people of the interior of this State, and of visitors from distant parts of the Confederacy
will be present in Richmond
on the occasion.
It will be a ceremony memorable in the lives of all who witness it, and will mark an spoch in history.
The inauguration of a permanent government for ten millions of people, and for a territory greater in extent than that of Russia
, is no mean event.
He underrates his country who does not feel that, however simple may be the ceremonials employed by its authorities, the transactions of the day will transcend in moral grandeur and importance all that have preceded them in the lives of the living generation of men.
We enjoy a domain, one of the finest under the sun. We are bleased with institutions more free and beneficent than ever before blessed mankind; and worth the sacrifice of the best blood to defend them, ever shed in any cause.
Our people compare in moral worth and in their material comforts and political purity with the most favored and happy on the earth.
We possess a wealth and prosperity such as few populations can boast.
We enjoy a climate, delicious and salubrious in an enviable degree, free from the excesses of temperature which are endured in tropical or in frigid zones.
Nowhere is pure and unostentatious religion more prevalent, more respected or more flourishing.
Nowhere does that foundation institution of society, the family, exert a more marked or more salutary influence upon the public morals.
Nowhere are the presence of those high virtues, piety, temperence, honesty, and honor, more apparent in the infinence they exert upon the tone of society.
Nowhere are the laws more respected, or are republican institutions in greater purity, health and conservative vigor to be found.
The inauguration of a General Government over such a territorial domain, over such a people, endowed with so many and so rare qualities, and blessed with such enviable institutions, is no ordinary or common-place event.
Well may the people of our country, rightly appreciating the solemnity of the event, fiock in crowds to witness it. Their concourse here will produce many good results.
It will inspire our chosen rulers with a sense of the solemnity of the mission to which they have been chosen.
It will teach them the littleness of self and the greatness of the cause committed to their charge.
It there has been favoritism and self-seeking, it will impress them with the meanness of such sentiments, and induce a silent emotion of repentance and regret.
It will inspire a lofty spirit of patriotism and self-sacrifice much to be desired in the times upon which we have fallen.
In view of the near approach of the Inauguration, we venture to suggest the propriety of setting on foot arrangements meet for the occasion.
Ought not a committee to be raised by Congress, by the Legislature, and by the City Council, each, to take this matter into joint consideration?
And has not the time for doing so fully arrived?