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n and let our territory grow and expand like an oak tree. Then, with cotton as our safeguard, we should have peace with all the great nations of the earth. In the Southern Confederacy, Virginia will stand at the head, and be looked up to. In the Northern Confederacy, she will stand at the — he could not say tail, for Virginia could never stand at the tail of anything — but she would find herself degraded much lower than she is now. He blinded to the future possibility of Sumner, or Fred Douglas--one of Virginia's runaway negroes — being elected to the Presidency Thousands of men at the North, in their hatred for slavery, were ready to do this thing to humiliate the South. Give him war, pestilence, famine, anything sooner than that. With regard to the African slave trade, he said emphatically that the Southern Confederacy had done all it could to dispel the illusion in this respect. The South would never open the trade. There never was a greater delusion than a contrary b<
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such a weapon in the hands of those who dispute the capacity of the people to govern themselves that no future country would ever make the attempt till the crack of doom. The Inspired volume forbids us to speak "evil of dignities," and, therefore, after the 4th of March next, when Lincoln becomes one of the dignities we shall not call him a fool or an ass. His absurd utterances on the route to Washington certainly give color to the statement that his speeches in the Senatorial contest with Douglas were prepared for him by a Republican committee.--We should think that by this time his best friends must begin to suspect that he is not the man for the crisis. We should as soon think of putting out a fire in the dome of St. Peter's with a penny squirt as to expect such a man as Lincoln to overcome the portentous difficulties that now threaten this country.--By all means let his speeches from Springfield to Washington be published, and adorned in the frontispiece with an engraving of Dam