lished and abolition presses be suppressed, that abolition speeches shall no longer be made, and that we shall not have pirates and murderers sent among our women and children, when such an honest effort is made to meet the demands of the South, there is a prospect of giving them a fair consideration.
[Roars of laughter from the galleries and the Republican Senators.] He continued, saying — Senators may laugh in our faces.
[Renewed laughter from the whole house.] My friends from Kentucky, Missouri, and other Union-saving friends may look and see derision depicted in their countenances when I make this proposition.
[Laughter.] I trust they will understand.
The Latin maxim says, "Learn, even from your enemies, some wisdom." I have told the people whom I represent, long, long ago, that they will not be permitted to keep that which they have now; that they are regarded as poltroons, and that you talk of coercion, and of binding this glorious Union, as you call it, with cords of hem