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ave misted in my too earnest zeal to act the part of peacemaker to the great National family of the United States. So far as the President of the United States and his late Attorney General, now Secretary of State, are concerned, the citadel has already been surrendered; the right to prevent any one State from breaking up the entire Confederacy has been denied, and it is expected that South Carolina, profiting by this unparalleled treachery to the rest of the States, will seize upon Fort Moultrie, that has purposely been left in an almost deserted and helpless condition. What disastrous consequence may result from this weakness and cowardice on the part of the Government time alone can determine; but if civil war shall be forced upon us, with all its attendant evils, let the friends of the Union first put themselves entirely in the right, in every particular, let no just ground of complaint exist against them — do all they can to prevent strife, then act on the defensive; but ac
y Thompson's resignation. It may be proper to state that Mr. Holt is a native of Kentucky: "If the President had declared the purpose in his Message to use the land and sea forces of the United States against the South, it is a fact well known to all that, on its avowal, Mr. Thompson would have instantly resigned. It was on the faith that no such purpose was entertained that Mr. Thompson remained in office, and after the regrettable and unauthorized movement of Maj. Anderson from Fort Moultrie to Fort Sumter, which almost precipitated civil war at Charleston, it was on the faith of a distinct understanding that no reinforcements should be sent and no other evidence afforded by the Federal Government of hostility to South Carolina, that Mr. Thompson consented to remain in the Cabinet after the Secretary of War had resigned. "It is well known that the gentleman whom the President commissioned to administer ad interim the affairs of the War Department, although he was born o
had reflected. He appeals to Congressmen to say, in their might, that the Union shall and must be preserved, and recommends them to devote themselves to strong action, with a view to peace. A division on the line of 36 deg, 30 min, is suggested as calculated to produce an adjustment. It is an imputation on members to say that they will hesitate at such a movement. The danger is on us. In several States forts and arsenals have been seized by aggressive acts. He states as reasons why he refused to send troops to Charleston harbor, that this would have furnished a pretext, if not provocation, for aggression, on the part of South Carolina, Referring to Major Anderson, he says that officer could not, before he left Fort Moultrie, have held the place more than forty-eight or sixty hours. He (the President) had warned the country of its danger, and felt that his duty had been faithfully, though imperfectly, performed.--He was conscious that he meant well for his country.