previous next

The Combination against Lincoln — a account Hartford Convention.

The New York Herald, commenting upon a recent article from Wendell Phillips, in Beecher's Independent, he having joined the league against President Lincoln, of which that paper is organ, says:

‘ The gentlemen of the radical party, says Wendell Phillips, want to be leaders as well as to dictate a policy. They want emancipation declared; but they also want the Cabins changed and the Generals transposed. They want the war to be conducted upon abolition principles; but they also want it to be conducted by such men as Sumner, of Massachusetts; Stevens, of Pennsylvania, and Wade, of Ohio, and their friends in the Cabinet, and by Hunter, Phelps, and Fremont in the field.--The language of the radicals to the persons now in power is, according to Phillips, "Gentlemen, your game is played out. Give us place." There we have the whole radical conspiracy against the Government in a nut-shell. It is simply "give us place." Does Greeley attack the President? It is "give us place," Does Sumner oppose the Administration? It is "give us place. Does the cabal of abolition Generals urge on the attacks upon McClellan which he has just confuted so gloriously in Maryland ! It is "give us place" Do the Governors of several of the New England States conspire with our defunct Jacobin War Committee in secret conclave ? It is for the purpose of breaking up the Cabinet — It is "give us place" for ourselves and our friends. All this agitation means simply, get out of the Cabinet; give us office; make our leaders the leading Generals in the army. That is what these radicals desire. They not only wish their disunion policy adopted, but they wish to carry it into effect with their own hands. Stevens wants to be in the Cabinet to put into practice his idea of killing all the Southern white men and giving their lands and property to the slaves, so that we may have a piebald republic, with negro members of Congress, and, by and by, a negro President. Wade and Sumner want to be in the Cabinet to annihilate the slaveholders. Fremont wants to lead our armies — to annihilate the nation.

But how do these ambitious fanatics propose to accomplish their desires? They have tried to manipulate President Lincoln; but Pope spoiled that game by putting the capital in such danger that the President was forced to kick the radicals aside and rush to the conservative McClellan for safety. Now they try secret conspiracies and open threats. They boldly denounce the President as an imbecile, and call upon him to resign or change his Cabinet, under penalty of a revolution. They designed to prepare for this revolution, through our Jacobin War Committee, behaving Fremont authorized to raise a corps of fifty thousand men; but Secretary Stanton saw through this device, and refused to arm men against himself and the government. Foiled in this shrewd trick, they have consulted with the New England Governors and planned out a second edition of the Hartford Convention.--Since Governor Morgan will not join in their plot, they design to supersede him by making Fremont the next Republican nominee for Governor of this State. This will secure to them as they imagine, the whole military power of the great State of New York, and then they can proceed to action. Governor Fremont and the Governors of the New England States, led by the Valliant Governor Andrew, of Massachusetts, will refuse any further aid to the General Government unless the radical policy is adopted and the radical leaders appointed in Cabinet offices and chief commands in the army, just as the Hartford Convention refused all aid to Madison's Administration unless it changed its policy and its members. This New England devil lacks invention, and repeats himself.

Fine plans and fine plotters. These revolutionary dreamers forget that the bayonets of McClellan's army can defend the President from Southern as well as Southern traitors. They forget that Fremont will have to be elected Governor by the votes of the people, and that the people of New York would heartily defeat the hero of fat contracts in Missouri, the pathfinder who lost his way in the Western Virginia mountains, the soldier who resigned his command, in the face of the enemy, because he could not be chief. Their plots lack men to execute them, and secrecy to make them dangerous. The first edition of the Hartford Convention was a sad failure. This second edition will result as disgracefully to all concerned.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Fremont (6)
Sumner (3)
Wendell Phillips (3)
Abraham Lincoln (3)
Wade (2)
Stevens (2)
George B. McClellan (2)
Stanton (1)
Pope (1)
Phelps (1)
Morgan (1)
Willis Hunter (1)
Greeley (1)
Beecher (1)
Andrew (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: