Late Northern news.
We continue our extracts from Northern papers of the 27th.
The New York Sunday Mercury
has a very good article, from which we extract the following:
It is fashionable to say that the south, in arming for resistance to Lincoln
's election, initiated the revolution.
So she did in one sense, and we do not pretend to hold her guiltless.
But is the North
entirely blameless of any participation in the crimes of a civil war which has been precipitated by events which were foreseen by the prescience of men far wiser than ourselves, and of which we were forewarned with awful emphasis by the Father
of his Country, and by a long line of eminent and illustrious statesmen?
If we would desire to know the common source of all our political ills, let us cast our eyes East-ward to New England
, that hoted of lams, schisms, heresies, and fanaticism.
We boldly assert that she has kept the whole North--and may we not say the whole South?--in a state of revolution for years.
What were her Slades, her Hales
, her Garrisons, here Phillipses, and her Wilsons, but so many teachers of disunion, and her churches but so many magazines to ‘"scatter fire brands, arrows, and death"’ around and through the nation?
When the Kansas
bill was passed, and when it was hoped that the question was settled forever, these men and their debauched followers openly proclaimed that sleep should not visit their eyelids until it was repeated.
Then commenced an agitation and convulsion scarcely paralleled in history.
With Jacobinical zeal and phrensy, the worst passions were invoked, and faction reared its Medusa's head, shook its anaky locks, and started on its career of madness and of ruin.
Then the ‘"Bloody Kansas
and other Eastern States were ready for civil war, and Emigrant Aid Societies, fitted out in Boston
, were dispatched to the devoted Territory of Kansas
, to make her a free State at all hazards, to overawe the peaceable settlers and fillers of the soil and reduce them to servitude, under the domination of blue-light New England
Federalism of the Hartford Convention school.
Then subscriptions were openly taken at a meeting of the Antislavery Abolition Society, held at Buffalo, N. Y.
, to carry out these nefarious and revolutionary purposes, and to set at defiance the authority of the Federal Government
in a Territory she was bound to protect and to sustain in all her legal and constitutional rights.
But these are not a tithe of the wrongs perpetrated by New England
, and her allies in other States, against the Constitution
of the country, and revolutionary and factious in their character and tendency.
The administrations of both Mr. Pierce
and Mr. Buchana
were assailed from their beginning to their end, with a bitterness and unrelenting hostility worthy only of men and a party totally lost to every particle of principle and of honor.--Their motives were impeached, their integrity questioned, and their policy embarrassed at every step by these ghouls and harpies, who armed at power through ‘"free speech,"’ ‘"free wool,"’ and ‘"free Kansas
."’ that they might carry out their damnable purposes of dissolving the Union
and gorging their rapacious and hungry maws with the spoils and plunder of the Government
And now they have succeeded, and what is the result?
Precisely what any sane man would have predicted from the beginning.
The John Brown
raid — the logical result of the teachings of such men as Garrison
, who were proven to have been its instigators and co-workers — has culminated in revolution and civil war on Southern soil, and the blood of the thousands of Northern men that has drenched the sudden ground of many a battle-field, and the bones that lie bleaching in the sun, cry aloud for vengeance and retribution on the heads of the guilty authors and abettors of this ‘ "gigantic rebellion."’
Let us take all these truths home to ourselves.--Let us take the beam out of our own eye before we discover and find fault with the mote in that of our neighbor's. Before God, and in the light of history, we of the North
will not be held blameless for the curse of the civil war what is upon us with all its countless evils.
We should bow ourselves in deep humiliation and cover ourselves with ‘"sack cloth and ashes,"’ for our transgressions have been many and grievous.
Parson Brownlow again in the field.
This traitor to his country is stumping the North
and venting his spite against the South
before large audiences, who loudly applaud his vulgar expressions.
A short time since he announced that he would address a public meeting in the McKendree Methodist Church, in Cincinnati
, from the text:
‘"Go into all the South
, and preach Jeff. Davis
to every creature.
He that believeth and is baptized be damned; and he that believeth not shall ed."’
spoke according to appointment, and the Northern
papers tell us that his blasphemous and talk was loudly applauded.
Among other things, he said, that if all ‘"the slaves were emancipated, it would be a righteous retribution on the South
."’ He claimed that the present difficulty was "not the work of Abolitionists, but of God-forsaken Southerners.
He poured forth much venom against the Southern Methodist
The following extract will give our readers the tenor of his whole speech:
"I intend to call a Conference of the local preachers, and we will expel the last devil of these rebel priests.
We will put these seceders and rebels out, and recover the church property, which rightfully belongs to us, and not to the traitors.
This Methodist Book Concern in your city, which has published so much treason, is not the property of the rebels.
It belongs to the loyal Methodists, and we mean to have it back.
Here is a copy of the Church
Discipline, and it most positively enjoins upon all our preachers obedience to the laws and constituted authorities of the land.
A transgression of this injunction makes the offender liable to expulsion from the Church
. * * *
‘"These rebel preachers are perjured — foully, wickedly perjured Early
, when he was ordained a bishop, took an oath to promote peace and harmony, law and order.
I heard him swear the lie myself in Columbus, Ga.
Parson Sawris, who knows him well, in some private transactions, says that Early
is a miserably corrupt old creature.
Let us believe these rebels always when they testify against one another"’
‘"When the villainy of these wretches shall be exposed, the revelation will shock the country.
These Southern Methodist preachers began the work of disunion years ago. John C. Calhoun
, the arch-originator of treason, sent for Bishop Capers
, and had a long private conference with him at the time the spilt occurred in our Church.
This was the en tering wedge of disunion.
I mean to show these traitors to the scorn and abhorrence of their countrymen."’
Remarks like these, from such a source of course do not injure any person or any society.
The above extract, however, shows how vitiated the taste of the North
For when ‘ "large and crowded audiences"’ are delighted with, and applaud such stuff, the public mind has become debased — very low indeed.--Augusta Chronicle and Sentinel.
On the 18th instant, Wendell Phillips
made a speech in Boston
, on the war. In that harangue he said:
* * *. Let Mr. Lincoln
perpetuate this war, and hand it down to his successors in anything like his present guise, and in the canvass that begins eighteen months hence you will see a candidate on the other side of the mountain, one plank in whose platform will be that the West
desert the East
and join her natural ally who holds the mouth of the Mississippi
If the Democratic
politicians of Albany
have their way, there is more danger of an alliance among twenty States leaving New England out in the cold,
than there is of an alliance among twenty States leaving the Cotton States
out of the Union
Commenting upon this extract the New York Mercury
Just so, Mr. Phillips
You and your friends are beginning to see in what an awkward dilemma you have placed New England
You made the war for the negro.
You were willing to let the Union
slide," in order to free the slaves of the South
, under the cover of "military necessity." You could not produce that "necessity" without first getting up a civil war, and you got up that war so ingeniously as to make it seem not your act, but the act of the South
Now you discover that the work of "wiping out" the South
is not so easy a job as you supposed it would be. Your only remaining hope is in inciting the slaves to revolt.
Your panacea for all the terrible evils of this so called rebellion, is a servile insurrection.
And you tell Mr. Lincoln
, poor old man, that if he does not help you to set the negroes of the South
to cutting the throats of the women and children in that section, you will not only fail in your emancipation scheme, but that the war will end by a separation of the Union
which will leave all Yankeedoodledom "out in the cold!" That is just what we have expected from the beginning, and that is just what will certainly occur, if the States which Yankee fanaticism and injustice have driven into secession cannot be forced back again.
That they can or will be is hardly probable, if we may judge from the small progress that has yet been made in the enterprise, after nearly two years of prodigious effort.
We believe that the North
has already put forth the greatest strength she will ever exert in this struggle.
She is capable of more; but she has lost heart in the cause,
and she has lost it only because of the gross manner in which the radical Abolition partisans of the Administration have misused both the armies and the treasures of a loyal, but conservative people.
We believe that the last army that the North will ever raise and put in the field in this war, is now in the field, and that it must conquer the rebellion or fail.
If it fails, then the dissolution of the old Union will be un fail accompli,
and in that event the six States of New England
, which together are not much, if any, bigger than Virginia
, will find themselves "left alone in their glory."--And they will have no right to complain.
They will really have earned that guerdon of isolation.
Like arrogant partners, representing a very small proportion of joint capital, they have striven to bend the views, wishes, and interests of the firm to their special benefit, and are likely, in the end, to be kicked out of a concern in which they have sought to enjoy a disproportionate control and advantage against all the plain stipulations and equities of the original contract.
If. our opinion, events show that the great mistake made in forming the Union
, in the outset, was in taking New England
into the partnership on any terms whatever.
And we are quite as sure that no confederation of States of which she is a part can ever exist in peace, harmony, and property on this Continent.
She is too selfish for any association founded in mutual compromise of opposed interests; too intellectually conceited to subordinate her insane ideas of "higher law" to the collected wisdom of a great commonwealth, and too meddling in other people's business for a political system which allows no one State in the Union
to entrench on the reserved rights of any other.
, therefore, should be abandoned to her egoism.