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age, quoting the following resolution, adopted by large majorities by both Houses of Congress: "The United States must co-operate with that State which might adopt the gradual abolition of slavery, by giving to such State, in its judgment, such a compensation as is required for public or private inconveniences resulting from such a change of system." Let us bring to bear upon this passage another solemn declaration made by President Lincoln in his inauguration address of the 4th of March, 1861:-- "I have no intention to interfere, directly or indirectly, in the question of slavery where it exists; I do not think that I have the right to do so legally, and I am by no means inclined to do so." It is thus that the North speaks in the spirit of moderation and of justice. Will the South be less accessible to this spirit of conciliation and of wisdom? We do not think so, and we have a proof at hand. A man of consideration in the South, (Mr. Yancey,) a Commissioner of t
The Daily Dispatch: November 7, 1862., [Electronic resource], Later from Europe---speeches of English Statesmen. (search)
th some other Southern members of that body, had a very interesting conference or two with Mr. Seward and Mr. Lincoln, concerning their proposed policy towards the Southern Confederacy, which had then already been set up at Montgomery, Ala, under Jeff. Davis as Provisional President. It further appears, from Mr. Morehead's disclosures of these conferences, that Mr. Seward declared, "If I don't settle this matter to the entire satisfaction of the South in sixty days (meaning after the 4th of March, 1861,) I will give you my head for a football. Next, it seems that after a long conversation between Mr. Morehead and Mr. Wm. C. Rives, of Virginia, with Mr. Lincoln, garnished with some of the President's most pointed anecdotes, he said to the gentleman from the Old Dominion, (Mr. Rives,) "Mr. Rives, if Virginia will stay in I will withdraw the troops from Fort Sumter." Mr. Dumes, bearer of dispatches from the French Minister of Washington to the French Consuls in the South, and Mr.
oof of the true nature of the designs of the party which elevated to power the present occupant of the Presidential chair at Washington and which sought to conceal its purposes by every variety of artful device, and by the perfidious use of the most solemn and repeated pledges on every possible occasion. I extract, in this connection, as a single example, the following declaration made by President Lincoln, under the solemnity of his oath as Chief Magistrate of the United States on the 4th March, 1861: "Apprehension seems to exist among the people of the Southern States, that by the secession of a Republican Administration their property and their peace and personal security are to be . There has never been any reasonable cause for such apprehensions. Indeed, the most ample evidence to the contrary has all the while existed, and been open to their inspection. It is found in nearly all the published speeches of him who now addresses you. I do but quote from one of those speeche
The Daily Dispatch: January 17, 1863., [Electronic resource], A speech on Lincoln's message from a Newly-elected U. S. Senator. (search)
ountry by surprise, and no one of the citizens more than myself. I had fondly hoped and been anxious that the President of the United States would so conduct himself in his high office of Chief Magistrate that I could lend him my support. I have been driven, with thousands of others, into opposition to the policy contained in that proclamation, for reasons which must commend themselves to every reflecting man sincerely desirous of terminating this rebellion. Mr. Lincoln, on the 4th of March, 1861, on the east portico of this Capitol, took a vow, which he said was registered in Heaven, to support the Constitution of the United States. In his inaugural address, delivered on that occasion he said he had no lawful authority or inclination to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. In his proclamation of the 22d of September last he assumes that he has power to forever free "all persons held as slaves within any State, or designated part of a State
The Daily Dispatch: July 12, 1862., [Electronic resource], The Federal pension law for the present War. (search)
The Federal pension law for the present War. --Both Houses of Congress have just agreed on the following pensions for a total disability for officers, non-commissioned officers, musicians, and privates, employed in the military service, whether regulars, volunteers, or militia, and in the marine corps, since the 4th of March, 1861. Lieutenant Colonel, and all officers of a higher rank, $30 per month; Major, $25 per month; Captain, 20 per month; First Lieutenants, $17; Second Lieutenants, $15 per month, and non- commissioned officers, musicians, and privates, $8 per month. The pension for total disability for officers, warrant or petty officers, and others employed in the naval service of the United States, shall be as follows, viz: Captain, Commander, Surgeon, Paymaster, and Chief Engineer, respectively ranking with Commander by law, Lieutenant Commanding and Master Commanding, $30 per month; Lieutenant, Surgeon, Paymaster, and Chief Engineer, respectively ranking with Lie
and Harry Gilmour, now in the rebel service. The French tobacco question. The Washington correspondent of the New York Tribune has the following about the French tobacco, for which vessels are to come into James river: It is expected that a fleet of transports, under escort of a French corvette, will shortly appear in the James river to take on board between 5,000 and 10,000 hogsheads of tobacco belonging to the French Government, which was bought and paid for prior to the 4th of March, 1861. This is the tobacco which has been the subject of so much diplomatic correspondence between France and the United States. The recent visit of the French Minister to Richmond is supposed to have had to do with this matter. The correspondent very coolly adds: The shipment of the French tobacco, which has been stored in Richmond since the commencement of the war, will be made from City Point, under regulations prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury, and in pursuance of an
the judgment of a large number of faithful citizens, have a tendency to give to the rebellion "the advantage of a changed issue," and "to reinvigorate the otherwise declining insurrection in the South," and to prolong the war, and, whereas, this House cannot but regard with anxiety the unprecedented and extraordinary of aims and assumption of high prerogatives by the President in said proclamations, especially in view of the fact that the President, in his inaugural address of the fourth day of March, 1861, declared: "I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institutions in the States where it exists, I believe I have no right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so." Resolved, As the judgment of this House, that the maintenance inviolate of the constitutional powers of Congress and the rights of the States, and especially the right of each State to order and control its own domestic institutions according to its own judgment exclusively, is essential
A Double Quotation. --"It is well," says the Boston Courier, "to bring forward the similar sentiments of men holding influential positions, expressed under other circumstances. Mr. Davis was certainly prophetic. Mr. Lincoln reminds us of Hazel the Syrian, asking, "Is thy servant a dog, that he should do this great thing!" and went home and murdered his master. The following is an extract from the Inaugural Address of Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1861: "Suppose you go to war, you cannot fight always; and when, after much loss on both sides, and no gain on either, you cease fighting, the identical questions, as to terms of intercourse, are again upon you. This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it. " The following is an extract from a speech of Jefferson Davis in the
es since hostilities commenced is one thousand three hundred and seventy- nine, of which two hundred and sixty-seven are steamers. The gross proceeds arising from the sale of condemned prize property thus far reported amounts to $14,396,250.51. A large amount of such proceeds is still under adjudication and yet to be reported. The total expenditures of the Navy Department of every description, including the cost of the immense squadrons that have been called into existence, from the 4th of March, 1861, to the 1st of November, 1864, are $238,647,262.35. Our Military operations — Progress of Reconstruction. The war continues. Since the last annual message, all the important lines and positions then occupied by our forces have been maintained, and our armies have steadily advanced, thus liberating the regions left in the rear; so that Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and parts of other States, have again produced reasonably fair crops. The most remarkable feature in the milita
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