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Admission of Kansas into the Union-Slavery and Compromises, July 2, 1856, 512. Kansas and the Army-The Spurious Laws-Barbarous EnactmentsUsurpations, August 7, 1856, 535. The same, at the Extraordinary Session-Compromises and Popular Sovereignty, August 27, 1856, 559. Lecompton and Kansas-The Lecompton Constitution-The Dred Scott Decision and the President-The Kansas Governors-The Supreme Court, March 3, 1858, 574. The same-The English Bill-The Conference Committee-Compromises and PeaceClosing Speech, April 30, 1858, 604. The State of the Country-Speech on the Bill to Admit Kansas into the Union under the Wyandotte Constitution-Labor States and Capital States, February, 1860, 619. Secession-Speech at the New England Dinner in New York City, December 21, 1860-Secession and Disunion Considered-General Views, 645. The State of the Union-Speech in the SenateA Review of the Great Controversy-Election of Lincoln, January 12, 1861, 651. The same-Remarks on Presenting a Mammoth Petition from the Merchants of New York in Favor of Preserving the Union-Debate with Senator Mason, January 30, 1861, 670.
The Chicago Platform-Speeches at the Chicago Convention, Messrs. EVArts, ANDREW, SCHURZ, BLAIR, BROWNING, BALDWIN, &c.-Reception Speeches of Gov. Banks, Messrs. Longyear, Abbott, Gov. Randall, Judge Goodrich, Messrs. North, Allison, Boynton, Wilder, Mayor Deitzler, Gov. Robinson, Mayor Wentworth, &c. Mr. Seward's Speech to New York Delegation at Washington, on Inauguration Day March 4, 1861, on his retiring from office as Senator, 692.
“If you would make it promote most effectually all precious Interests, DEDICATE it, I enjoin upon you, as our forefathers dedicated all the Institutions which they established, to the cause of HUMAN NATURE.”
A GLANCE at the memoir of MR. SEWARD, as contained in the first volume of these works, shows us a boyhood passed in the patriotic county of Orange; inspired alike by the ennobling scenery of its natural grandeur and beauty, and the historic recollections of West Point, Newburgh, and Minisink; reminding us how consistently with such early associations, his life, in all its vicissitudes, has displayed the broadest patriotism and the sincerest humanity. It shows us a union from ancestry of Welch perseverance and Celtic generosity that is traceable in every foot-print of his public and private progress. It introduces him to us as a faithful student at Union College ascending to the summit of academic honors, only through the flinty paths of analytical knowledge, acquiring a mental vigor that is noted in every sentence of oration, conversation and private letter, as distinctly as the apple-blossom lives in the autumn fruit. It shows us a young man, not dependent upon a father's competence, journeying far southward to become an instructor, where the practical lessons in the social and political degradations of slavery there learned, became a part of his after career. The glance acquaints us with his legal novitiate with John Duer, and Ogden Hoffman, who loved and respected him to the last of their distinguished lives; and then discovers him in his earliest professional struggles at Auburn, afar from those allurements of city life that so poorly temper thought or strengthen mental conflict. How rarely indeed do districts other than rural, furnish us with statesmen!
1 Continued from Vol. I.