The Emancipation proclamation.
's infamous proclamation is creating as much consternation in the North
as it was expected to do in the South
The Chicago Times
Two days ago the President
was wonderfully strong in the confidence of the country, not because of his military conduct of the war, for, in the opinion of all men, that had been disastrous, but because he had steadily manifested an apparently inflexible determination to adhere faithfully to the Constitution
in the political management of the war and in the administration of the government.
It was the merit of this adherence that, in the minds of all good and right thinking men, covered his multitude of sins in the military conduct of the war. So long as he seemed to be fast anchored to the Constitution
, good and right-thinking men never ceased to hope and believe that experience would teach him to correct and overcome his military mistakes, and that finally the government of the Constitution
would prevail over rebellion, and that the Union
would be re-established.
Now that he has cut loose from the Constitution
— now that he has resorted to the same higher law then the Constitution
for the professed purpose of suppressing the rebellion by which the rebellion justifies itself — good and right thinking men know not what to think or believe, or whither to turn for anchorage.
They are mitten with a sense of alarm and dismay.
They feel that the foundations of the Government
are unsettled, if not broken up — that the ship is adrift without master, compass or rudder, and that the chances of wreck are vastly greater than of safety.