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Charles Congdon, Tribune Essays: Leading Articles Contributing to the New York Tribune from 1857 to 1863. (ed. Horace Greeley), The Council of Thirty-five. (search)
are; but at the risk of being, regarded as revengeful, we must admit our inability to keep pace with that eminent Professor of Forgiveness and Forgetfulness, Mr. Richardson of Illinois, who said in the Conserved Caucus, that peace can only be restored by saying to the masses at the South, You have done wrong! Lay down your arms and you shall not be touched. But should Congress decide upon this emollient course, let Richardson be the United States. Embassador to the camps of the Rebels! Let him enter their lines, blowing the most assuasive tunes upon the mildest of trumpets! Let him, while gentle smiles illumine his countenance, say tenderly to the Coolvers are aimed at his sacred person, and an extemporized halter dangles aloft. Jefferson Davis and staff march from headquarters to behold his execution, and Richardson of Illinois is soon no more a member of Congress, and the caucus is reduced to Thirty-four. If he pleases to make this excursion upon his own responsibility, l