that collision came the separation of the colonies from the mother-country.
The same thing is being attempted to-day.
Not the law, not the civil magistrate, but troops, are relied upon now to execute the laws.
To gather taxes in the Southern ports, the army and navy must be sent to perform the functions of magistrates.
It is the old case over again.
Senators of the North, you are reenacting the blunders which statesmen in Great Britain committed; but among you there are some who, like Chatham and Burke, though not of our section, yet are vindicating our rights.
I have heard, with some surprise, for it seemed to me idle, the repetition of the assertion heretofore made, that the cause of the separation was the election of Mr. Lincoln.
It may be a source of gratification to some gentlemen that their friend is elected; but no individual had the power to produce the existing state of things.
It was the purpose, the end, it was the declaration by himself and his friends, which co