In the Senate of Maryland, on Monday, the committee appointed to wait on the President
made their report.
It corresponds generally with the account given in the dispatch from Washington
, published yesterday.
They remonstrated with him against the occupation of Maryland
, and the forcible seizure of the railroads and lines of travel, &c. He replied in substance, that it was a ‘"necessity,"’ in order to get troops to Washington
The committee think some
modification of the existing relations between the Government
will be made, but they express the opinion ‘"that a war is to be waged to reduce all the seceding States to allegiance to the Federal Government
; and that the whole military power of the Federal Government
will be exerted to accomplish that purpose."’
In the House of Delegates, numerous memorials against the passage of a bill for a Board of Public Safety were presented.
A caucus of all the members of the Legislature was held in the Chamber
of the House of Delegates with closed doors, in reference to our Federal relations.
The caucus was addressed for one hour and a half by the Hon. R. M. McLane
, in relation to the details of the interview of the Commissioners
with the President
and the Federal Cabinet
He said he thought it was the intention of the Cabinet
to subjugate the seceding States by gradual approaches of troops to sustain the Union
men of Virginia
especially, and by whose aid the Cabinet
expected that the secessionists of those States would be overcome without bloodshed.
The District of Columbia and Maryland
would be necessarily occupied to some extent as a rendezvous for troops, and a depot for munitions of war.
Various inquiries were made of the Commissioners
whether a regiment could not be marched through Baltimore
with the assent of the State
, to which the Commissioners
did not feel authorized to reply affirmatively.
It was remarked incidentally by Mr. McLane
that the troops which were prevented from reaching Baltimore
by the destruction of the bridges, left Philadelphia
without orders, and would have been, therefore, intruders, which the Government
admitted gave a new aspect to the position they occupied with respect to the Maryland
The main point of Mr. McLane
's appeal to the Legislature was that members should unite without reference to their partizan associations, and devote themselves exclusively to the preservation of the peace and safety of Maryland
in the present crisis.
He said that men who desired to confederate with the Southern States
may readily in this crisis unite with those who have insisted on maintaining the existing Union, because, whilst the State
is occupied by the Federal
troops, it would be physically impossible to relieve her from political association with the Federal Government
Honorable and true-hearted men, he said, will never consent to maintain the Union
by shedding the blood of the Southern
people and subjugating the Southern States
Therefore such men can never again support the Administration of Mr. Lincoln
, which has now abandoned the defensive policy of maintaining the Federal Capital
, heretofore declared in Mr. Seward
's letter to Gov. Hicks Gov. Hicks
himself might sustain the Government
when it adhered to its defensive policy, but now that it has avowed a policy of subjugation he will be bound, in honor, to occupy himself exclusively with the protection of his own people.
read Mr. Seward
's letter to Mr. Dayton
, our Minister to France
, dated May 4, the day of the Commissioners
' visit to Washington
, declaring the new war policy of the Government
, and acknowledging the radical change in it, and in this connection he argued how widely Governor Hicks
was now separated from the Administration, if he remained true to his own professions.
It was, said Mr. McLane
, a great crisis in his life, and the Governor
ought to thank God that he had lost the confidence of the Lincoln Administration
, which he certainly had.
said he was quite responsible for the entire accuracy of this opinion, and added that Gov. Hicks
could not recover that confidence.