Some of the Northern
journals profess to look with more toleration upon certain Southern States than others.--They do not place Virginia
and North Carolina
in the same category with the Gulf
They are pleased to remark that these States were among the last that came into the contest, and that Virginia
had often interposed her influence under the old Government to prevent collisions like the present.
They single out South Carolina
as the ring leader of this riot — an old offender, who had long been seeking to make mischief in the happy family.
We shall not stop to show that the original disunion State of the old Confederacy was Massachusetts
She was in favor of disunion so long ago as the last war. Her Legislature passed secession resolutions as late as the annexation of Texas
It was in Massachusetts
, long before Southern Secession, that the compact of the Union
was openly declared "a compact with Hell." Practical nullification existed in New England
long before Southern Secession.
The restoration of the Union
is the last thing that, even now, New England
It spits upon the idea of any renewal of that alliance.
It deprecates, above all other evils, a return to the old order of things.
It will not so much as hear of receiving the South
on the old terms.
then ought to be the chief object of New England
love and affection, instead of denunciation and hate.
We, too, on our part, can make a discrimination among our enemies.
Badly as the North
has behaved in general, we recognize, without difficulty, the motive influence of the war in New England
It was the ascendancy of its turbulent and ferocious spirit in the councils of the United States
which precipitated this war, and which has imparted to it its peculiar horrors.
The motives of the Middle States
and the Western
are an entirely different kind of humanity.
Even the Masonic Lodges
of the South
are not recognized by the same order in New England
A New England
General in the South
lately destroyed Masonic property and refused to make any reparation.
His superior officer, a Western Mason
, compelled him to do so. The Middle States and the West
would hail with joy reconstruction.
demands subjugation.--Nay more, its clergy clamor for extermination.
The Boston Recorder,
a leading religious paper, edited by clergymen, and enjoying a large circulation, alludes to the danger to which the "loyal" North is exposed "from selfish desires for peace" and from being "too ready to take the Divine prerogative of forgiveness into our own hands, as if we were more merciful than God, and pardon those dreadful offenders whom the Lord
, in mercy to posterity, has delivered to us to destroy." The Recorder proceeds to quote the example of Saul
, who was reproved by the people for not utterly exterminating the wicked Amalekite
, including the women and children.
This the Recorder
regards as a case in point, illustrating the dreadful iniquity of permitting any human being in the South
to live and breathe.
"This comes," exclaims the New York correspondent of the London Times
, "from the modern Athens
—— from the 'Hub of the Universe'--from the city adorned by the presence, and rendered illustrious by the intelligence, of Longfellow
, of Agassiz
, of Whittier
This is from Boston
, in the year of grace eighteen hundred and sixty-four; and it was written, probably, by a gentleman attired in a modern-cut coat and pantaloons and an orthodox white cravat — a gentleman who reads the Atlantic Monthly,
who goes too near the big organ, who attends meetings at the Fremont Temple
, who is a member, perchance, both of the Sanitary and the Christian Commission, who walks on the Common, who 'orates' at Bunker Hill
on Independence Day, who has friends in Beacon street, who has dined at the Revere
or the Parker House
— and not by a sour Puritan
with a steeple crowned hat, and hair closely cropped round his ears, a camlet cloak and Geneva
No! not in a steeple crowned hat, etc., but the same animal notwithstanding.--The wolf, dressed in sheep's clothing, or in the raiment of Little Red Riding Hood
's grandmother, is none the less a wolf.
This horrible perversion and distortion of the Scripture, to justify the most abominable crimes, was always characteristic of Puritans.
When you tell them that the Bible
sanctions slavery, they scornfully reply,--falsely, of course,--that this was only under the Old Dispensation, adapted to the infamy of a barbarous nation, but that the Gospel has introduced a new law,--"Do unto others as ye would that others should do unto you." But when they want a pretext for the indulgence of the most vindictive and ferocious passions, they arrogate to themselves the attributes of the God of Justice, punishing, under the Old Dispensation, all indulgence to idolaters and criminals, and conveniently forget the "Do unto others," etc., of the Gospel — that Gospel which proclaims,--"A new commandment, I give unto you, that ye love one another."