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The Daily Dispatch: February 28, 1865., [Electronic resource], Proclamation by the President, appointing a day of fasting, humiliation and prayer, with thanksgiving. (search)
ly establish for us a lasting, just and honorable peace and independence. And let us not forget to render unto His holy name the thanks and praise which are so justly due for His great goodness, and for the many mercies which He has extended to us amid the trials and sufferings of protracted and bloody war. Now, therefore, I, Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, do issue this my proclamation, appointing Friday; the 10th day of March next, as a day of public fasting, humiliation and prayer, (with thanksgiving,) for "invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God;" and I do earnestly invite all soldiers and citizens to observe the same in a spirit of reverence penitence and prayer. Given under my hand and the seal of the Confederate States, at Richmond, this twenty-fifth day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-five. Jefferson Davis. By the President: J. P. Benjamin, Secretary of State. ja 26--3tawtd
The Daily Dispatch: February 28, 1865., [Electronic resource], Remarks of Mr. Collier, in the Virginia Senate. (search)
t believe that such was the design of the men in authority. I do not doubt their patriotism or earnest desire to succeed. Such has been the effect of the public measures, to the deplorable extent seen in the well-known fact that in this agricultural country--one of the richest on earth — the production of provisions is so reduced that the public sentiment, most conspicuously, is a painful anxiety for continued subsistence. The atrocious sentiment expressed in the African Church by Hon. Judah P. Benjamin, that the people have no rights, and all belong to the Government, is the exact exponent of the administrative policy which has alienated the people from the Government. That other idea, expressed at the same time by President Davis, that Richmond might be captured and yet no remediless ill ensue to our cause, is another phosphorescent emanation from passionate imbecility which can float and flare only in the socket of a disordered imagination; and such delusive light ought to be pu