Page images
PDF
EPUB
[ocr errors]

For in its folds are seen

IS

THE

WAR

PROSECUTED

TO

ABOLISH

1

It shields a pirate's deck!

"Butler, Stanton, Burnside, and men of that It binds a man in chains ! It yokes the captive's neck,

stamp, I regard as true patriots ; but as for the And wipes the bloody stains!

copperhead democracy, I hold for them the ut

most contempt, and I would rather eat with a Tear down the flaunting lie; Half-mast the starry flag;

nigger, drink with a nigger, live with a nigger, Insult no sunny sky

and sleep with a nigger, than with a copperWith hate's polluted rag!

head. [At this declaration in favor of sleepDestroy it, ye who can;

ing, etc., with niggers rather than with the Deep sink it in the waves!

copperhead democracy, as he termed it all true It bears a fellow man,

democrats, the shouts of the advocates of negro To groan with fellow slaves!

amalgamation were loud and defiant.]"
Turl, furl the boasted lie!
Till Freedom lives again,

MORROW. B. LOWRY, an abolition State
To rule once more in truth,
Anong untrammeled men!

Senator in Pennsylvania, at a League meeting
Roll up the starry sheen,

in Philadelphia, in 1863, said : Cenceal its bloody stains,

"This war is for the African and his race.The stamp of rustling chains!

The six hundred colored men who have recently fallen, have elevated the race. For all I

know, the Napoleon of this war may be done up SLAVERY?

in a black package. (Laughter.) We have no Mr. SUMNER sounded the key note of revolt evidence of his being done up in a white one,

as yet. When this war was no bigger than my in 1854. The Abolitionists caught it up,

and

hand, I said that if any negro would bring me demanded dissolution, as we have already seen. his disloyal master's head, I would give him The war followed, as naturally as that any one hundred and sixty acres of his master's any effect follows a cause

plantation. (Laughter and applause.) The Whether this war

man who talks of elevating the negro Would is being prosecuted with sole reference to abol- not have to elevate him very much to make ishing slavery, regardless of what may become him equal to himself" of the Union, shall not rest on our charge. We might crowd a small octavo volume with We will introduce Abolition testimony.

similar declamations and admissions, but these Col. WM. STONE, the Governor of Iowa, in must suffice until some one shall impeach the canvassing that state in the summer of 1863, veracity of these revolutionists. in his speech at Keokuk, on the 3d of August, In a speech by WENDELL PHILLIPS in 1862, said:

he said: "Fellow citizens- I was not formerly an ab

"Slavery had suggested secession, and it had olitionist, nor did I formerly suppose I would

a right to do so, for he, (Mr. PHILLIPS,) beever become one; but I am now, I have been ing à secessionist, believed that those people for the last nine months, an unadulterated ab

were the sole judges of what causes they had olitionist. [At this the abolition portion of his for revolution.>; audience shouted loudly and cried out, That's it, "That's the way to talk it out,' 'Hurrah,

While the tax bill was pending in Congress, hurrah!'] As a matter of policy, perhaps, it a Washington correspondent of the Chicago would have been more prudent not to have so

Tribune said through that sheet: publicly declared that I have become an abolitionist; but, since I have said it, I will not

s: The Tax Bill is slowly grinding through take it back, and let those who don't like it the House, in committee of the whole, and is make the most of it. [Again the old Whig- one of the most telling anti-slavery documents hating Abolition faction of his audience shout- ever devised by the wit of man. If there had ed most lustily, while a number of Republi- been no slavery, there would have been no recans, in an under tone, were heard to express bellion, and of course no tax bill. Every man, dissatisfaction.]

woman and child in the loyal states must now "Fellow-citizens — The opposition charge commence paying for the luxury of having that this is an abolition war. Well, I admit neighbors who own and flog negroes. There that it is an abolition war. It was not such in are none so poor that they can eseape this the start ; but the administration has discover- slavery tax-none 'so dull they cannot see what ed that they could not subdue the South else has caused it." than making it an abolition war, and they have

This is the same species of argument as that done so; and it will be continued as an abolition war so long as there is one slave at the

of the man who shot his neighbor, and charged South to be made free. Never, never can the fault to the man who invented gunpowder. there be peace made, nor is peace desirable, Had there been no powder the man would not until the last link of slavery is abolished.[Loud and prolonged cheers from the abolition have been shot. As slavery caused no war preists, while the republican Unionists' muttered vious to the agitation by those who had nothing much dissent.]

to do with it, would it not be quite as charitate

ble to suppose that slavery agitation was the hint, and yet the authors of the foregoing have cause of the war taš?

never been arrested by the powers that be, nor For years, the disunionists of the North have have they ever been denounced by those powmanifested the boldness of a CROMWELL, the ers or their backers. assiduity of bearers, the cunning of foxes, the But while those fanatical disunionists were malignancy of ISCARIOTS. Their money has denouncing our fathers, for becoming partners been poured out free as water, in publishing with tyrants, and showing their proof for this and circulating Abolition tracts, speeches, in charge from the MADISON papers, they ought flammatory and incendiary appeals--not to not to have neglected the important fact that national honor and pride, but to the passions it was mainly owing to the vote of Massachuand hot bed sentimentalities that fester in the etts and Rhode Island that the report of the breasts of malcontents. In 1852, a series of committee of thirteen, and the voice of slavepamphlets were issued for Massachusetts, en- holding Virginia and Delaware were overruled, titled, “The United States Constitution and and the slave trade, now pronounced piracy by its pro slavery compromises." From the "Third, the greatest Powers on the globe, was prolongedition, enlarged," of this treasonable publi- ed from 1800 to 1808. Yes, Massachusetts cation we take the following:

done this to protect” her sordid shipping in"If, then, the people and the courts of a terest, on a plea of gain, and to have been concountry are to be allowed to determine what sistent those Massachusetts Abolitionists, who their own laws mean, it follows that at this

now shout for the war, only because it is an time, and for the last half century, the Constitution of the United States has been, and still instrument in the hands of God" to confiscate is a pro-slavery instrument, and that any one the slave property at the South, purchased who swears to support it, swears to do pro- from the guilty slave importers of Boston slavery acts, and violates his duty both as a under that constitutisnal license, prolonged for man and an Abolitionist.

"If, then, the Constitution be what these de eight years at the special request, and by the bates (the Madison papers) show that our fath- solid yote of Massachusetts and Connecticut, ers intended to make it, and what, too, their against the earnest protest of old Virginia and descendants, this nation, say they did make it, Delaware. Now comes Massachusetts and deand agreed to uphold, then we affirm that it is

covenant with death, and an agreement clares the consequences of her own crimes a with hell,' and ought to be immediately an- cause for dissolving the Union, after she has. pulled! No Abolitionist can consistently take office under it, 01 swear to support it.

gone out of the trade! "To continue this disastrous alliance (the Federal Union) longer, is madness! We dare not prolong the experiment, and with double

CHAPTER XIII. earnestness, we repeat our demand upon every honest man to join in the outcry of the American Anti-Slavery Society-No union with shareholders!!

Disunion began in the North... Admission by Wendell

Phillips... The War brought on by the North as a Means Speaking of the framers of the Constitution, to an End... The Kansas Imbroglio...Stimulated by the

Radicals to Aid Secession and Disunion-Helper's "Impending Crisis” as a Means to hasten Dissolution...Mr.

Seward Endorses its “Logical Analogies” --Treasona"Now, these pages provo the melancholy

ble Kansas War Meeting in Buffalo-Gerrit Smith and fact, that willingly, with deliberate purpose, our fathers bartered honesty for gain, and ing at Men... Charles Sumner admits the Northern Conbecame partners with tyrants! that they might

spiracy share in the profits of their tyranny. On page 145, the following occurs:

WENTELL PHILLIPS is the most honest and "Fidelity to the cause of human freedom, outspoken of all the Northern Disunionists. and allegiance to God [the Higher law which He does not hesitate to claim that this revoluMr. SEWARD borrowed from the Puritanical tion began at the North, and that it had a purfathers] require that the existing National compact: should be instantly dissolved; that pose in view, and that purpose was dissolution secession from the Government is a religious the means being the slavery agitation. In a and political duty."

letter to the Boston Liberator, July 21, 1863, What more did the South Carolina Nullifiers he makes the following remarkably candid deco and Secessionists ever declare? What more larations: have they ever done than to act upon this pious "The disunion we sought was one which

DISUNION OF NORTHERN GROWTH.

it says:

Gov. Reeder Stimulate the "Cause"... Beecher on Shoot

DISUNION BEGUN AT THE NORTH,

[ocr errors]

*

ists.]

*

[ocr errors]

war.

should be begun by the North on principle. * "The sharp sword of war kills or cures at

The agitation for such disunion, based on once, and as God has linked success with justhe idea that slavery is a sin, to be immediate- tice, we must be whipped into a people hating ly repudiated at every cost, was the most di- slavery, as their conqueror, or we must be sucrect and effective way of educating the public to cessful, with justice for our ally-the negro a stern anti-slavery principle. * Aboli- our acknowledged equal and brother! We see tion of slavery was our object, disunion our nevertheless, the use of our disunion agitation. weapon. [This reversed, would accord more If we did not fully convert the community by nearly with the general purpose of Abolition- our cry, 'Liberty and justice are better than

The North had the right of re- Union,' we so far leavened their minds, and volution--the right to break the Union, and wakened their consciences, that when the war that such disunion would sooner end slavery came, the hour found them ready to accept the than continuing under a Constitution that for- issue. When the question was put-the old bade the North during peace to interfere with Union, with slavery, or a new one without it, the slave systems of the Southern states." the people have been found far more ready

than any man supposed, to answer, give us, at Here is a bold declaration that this war was

any cost, Union and freedom," &c. of "right" brought on by the North,

Thus, we have the admission that the Aboby the slavery agitation, so that slavery could be abolished, which could not be done in litionists brought on the war to put down a state of peace. This admission covers the slavery, and then we have the Proclamation as whole ground, as to who is responsible for the

à "military necessity to put down the war. It admits as plain as language can that

How easy and simple the proposition. the slavery agitators drove the South into it

We have ever regarded Mr. PPILLIPS as a with the avowed purpose of accomplishing in a talented, truthful, bold, fanatical, bad man.

When he tells us that he and his class have state of war what they admit they could not in a state of peace.

been endeavoring to bring on war and dissoluBut, Mr. PHILLIPS leaves us nothing to.

tion we believe him, not because we want to guess, and in the following paragraph he gives from one of that class--yea, its principal lead

believe him, but because his admission comes us the Abolition reasons for stimulating war, as simple as a child would narrate a May-day er, who are now on trial before the great tribexploit:

unal of history as inciters, aiders and abetors

of treason against the best human government "In these circumstances, the Abolitionists, who were not peace men, and had never as

ever established on this globe. serted the sinfulness of war, perceived that the war itself would produce an overwhelming national opinion adverse to slavery, sooner than any other agency. The manifestation war must

We are to read the Kansas imbroglio in the make of the nature and designs of the slave light of Mr. PHILLIP's admission. That th power, would inevitably make every Unionist unhappy state of affairs in Kansas was made an Abolitionist. The need of the negro in the to play into the hands, and aid the designs of conflict would destroy prejudice against color more speedily than any other means could, and the Northern disunionists and the Southern his presence in the army would be the first disunionists, we have not a doubt. step to civil equality. We saw that the preser- It was unquestionably the purpose of Southvation of the Union would efficiently protect the negro in his transition to perfect freedom,

ern "propagandists'' to make a show of estaband that the nation he helped to create, owed lishing slavery in Kansas, not that advocates him this aid, which is of vast importance. of the peculiar system" ever believed slavery

As things stand, therefore, since the war: would be either profitable or permanent, if "1. The Union means liberty, and to save itself, must free the blacks. To uphold it in established in that territory. But it furnished this struggle for existence, is the readiest way a coveted point to both sides for a "conflict," to convert the nation into Abolitionists. One and while those politicians in the interest of year of such war is worth, for this purpose, the South played their role to the best ad twenty years of peaceful agitation."

vantage, and committed many criminal acts, This plan of inciting all the horrors of a that ought to make the dogs blush," thpir civil war as the best means to liberate the Af-counterparts in treasonable opposition, jumprican and make him in all respects our equal, ed at the chance to stimulate their long is certainly more ingenious than reputable. It. cherished "idea,'? by precipitating the "irreis worthy the sinister purposes of the agitating pressible conflict.". Had even the agitators of authors of this war. Mr. P. continues: the North been dictated by purely patriotic

TIL KANSAS IMBROGLIO.

[ocr errors]

motives, there would have heen no serious

heen no serious / were sent broadcast over the land, to keep the conflict, for the North having the means to fur- fires of discord to a "welding heat.The nish five to one of the emigration, could have HELPER book, the most incendiary and exasyoted down the Southern influx, and the North perating of all, was issued, not in the name of could have afforded to rely on its strength and its real Northern author, but in the name of a wait for time to settle the matter.

purchased stool pigeon, who hailed from a slave But the contest originated, as we have seen state, so as to give point, piquancy and sting in the progress of our compilation thus far, i to its pages. We select some specimens from over forty years before Kansas was organized this book, which was endorsed and recoinmendas a territory. The contest began in 1798, and ed as a work calculated to have great influraging with unremitting violence up to that ence on the public mind,” by seventy-eight time, could not be abandoned by the haters of members of Congress, belonging wholly to the the league with hell, the covenant with Republican party. We quote as follows: death,' in 1857–8. The abolition agitators have

THE "IMPENDING CRISIS." often thanked God for the occasion which the Kansas imbroglio afforded to stimulate the "It is against slavery on the whole, and cause." It was hoped by the secessionists, against slave-holders as a body that we wage an

exterminating war.'-p. 129. North and South, that Kansas would prove to "Do not reserve the strength of your arms be the rock on which the Union would split. until you have been rendered powerless to

strike. Each party of factionists and disunionists bent

"We contend, moreover, that slave-holders every nerve to this end. Traitors in the South, are more criminal than common murderers.?-under the guise of Democrats, and traitors in p. 140. the North, as members of the Republican or

"But it is a fact, nevertheless, that all slave

holders are under the shield of a perpetual liganization, furnished their quota?? of men

cense to murder.'-p. 144. and arms. Each party, anxious for the fray- "Against this army for the defence and proboth factions praying with impious fervency, pagation of slavery, we think it will be an easy that the "hour had come” that should rend matter--independent of the negroes,who in nine asunder the ligaments of Union. Christian portunity to cut their master's throats, and

cases out of ten would be delighted at the opmen (?) and pastors of Christian churches (?) without accepting a single recruit from either bundled off their frenzied partizans with the of the free States, England, France or Gerbible in one hand and a Sharpe's rifle in the many-to muster one at least three times as other, and bid them God speed in the holy tion.-p. 147.

large, and far more respectable, for its extinccrusade. O, that was a rich and exhilerating "But we are wedded to one purpose, from carnival, when the fires of civil discord' were

which no earthly power can divorce us.

We lighted by vandal torches—when the proud ards.'--p. 149.

are determined to abolish slavery at all hazRomans went forth with a shout of brotherly "Now is the time for them to assert their hate (!) to prick the barbarian Persians with right and liberties; never before was there such the javelin of holy revenge, that the empire an appropriate period to strike for freedom in

the South.'--p. 153. might perish between them!

"Not to be an abolitionist is to be a wilful The embittered feelings engendered by the and diabolical instrument of the devil.'—p. 368. Kansas imbroglio, was but the dawn of that

"No man can be a true paoriot without first abolition millenium which the agitators had becoming an abolitionist.'--p. 116.

“Small pox is a nuisance; strychnine is a prayed for for years. It gave them new life nuisance; mad dogs are a nuisance; slavery is and hope, and they threw up their caps and a nuisance; and so are slave breeders; it is our shouted God curse the Republic. The fires of business, nay it is our imperative duty to abate secession had been kindled, and it was deter. ception of strychnine, to exterminate this catmined that no shower of patriotism should alogue from beginning to end.'-p. 130. quench the flames. New and inflamable mate- Foam, sirs, fret, foam' prepare your weaprial must be added, and the breath of denun--ons, threaten, strike, shoot, stab, bring on civil

war, dissolve the Union; nay, annihilate the ciation, with ten thousand bellows power, was solar system if you will-do all this, more, employed to fan the flames of discord to. an less, better, worse, anything--do what you will inextinguishable conflagration. Inflamatory sirs, you neither foil nor intimidate us; our

purpose is as firmly fixed as the eternal pillars speeches were made, denunciatory newspaper of heaven; we have determined to abolish slavarticles, and incendiary sermons and threats | ery, and so help us God, abolish it we will!

[ocr errors]

THE KANSAS IMBROGLIO A PART

OF THE

SCHEME,

Take this to bed with you to-night,[sirs, and , Territorial Legislature by Colonel SUMNER,

,and think about it, and let us know how you feel. remarked, at the close that he was sorry that to-morrow morning.???

the Legislature had not waited till driven out

at the point of the bayonet.? (Cheers.) Mr. Seward, the author, in this country of the Mr. L. R: NOBLE asked how many troops "irrepressible conflict” doctrine gave it the there were belonging to the United States in weight of his great influence as follows:

Kansas?

"Gov. REEDER said about 600. “AUBURN, N. Y., June 28. 1857. ; -Mr. NOBLE_And how many in the entire "GENTLEMEN:-I have received from you à army of the United States? copy of the recent publications, entitled the (Governor REEDER-I believe 15,000. "Impending Crisis of the South," and have Mr. NOBLE-I learn from a friend near read it with deepest attention it seems to me me, that they can't send more than 10,000 mer a work of great merit; rich, yet accurate in into Kansas; and so I say let us go on. statistical information, and logical in analogies;

6GERRIT SMITH desired to see the contria and I do not doubt that it will exert a great in-butions continued. fluence on the public mind, in favor of truth "A delegate said he would give 100 men who and juctice.

did not fear the devil, and who, like CROM"I am gentlemen, very respectfully, "W. HI. SEWARD:-)

WILL, would praise God and keep their powder dry

(GERRIT SMITH thought funds were wanted first, and hoped to see the subscription go on.

He urged in several speeches that the time had Can any one doubt the truth and sincerity of come when it was necessary to use physical

force. Mr. PHILLIPS, after reading this, and know

"To this Governor REEDER replied that he ing the fact that it was publicly endorsed by was not in favor of waiting because they had nearly every Republican member of Congress, not received wrongs enough, but thought it that war and disunion was from that day to be right to wait until they could strike an effective

blow. If it remained with him to use the the "weapon?? to accomplish what Mr. P. says power of the

power of the Government, he would not have could not be consummated in peace?

waited thus long, but the oppressors before The Republican partizans were holding this would have been converted into heaps of

dead men on the fields of Missouri. But he meetings in all parts of the country to organ

was willing to wait until tomorrow, or two toize for a civil war in Kansaş. Many of their

When on the trail of the enemy, leaders were reticent and cautious about ad. against whom he had a deadly hate, he would missions that should give a clue to their real follow him with cat-like tread, and would not

strike until he could strike him surely dead. purposes, but there were others who made no He was, therefore, willing to wait until they secret of their intentions and objects. Among had the power he would thus have used. He this class we select the following from the pro- did not wish to give the South notice of their ceedings of a public meeting held in Buffalo; Territory: ľhe

dragoons could go in as voters, N. Y., wherein Gov. REEDER (then late of or to cultivate the soil, and strike when the Kansas) and GARRIT SMITH acted as colpor- right time arrived. When the time came to teurs of the Republican party in raising funds strike, he wanted the South to have the first

notice of the blow in the blow itself." to carry on a civil war in Kansas:

About this time MR. GIDDINGS is reported "Mr. SMITH continued to speak of the aggressions of the South, and said he only hoped to have said : to hear of a collision at the South, and said he "I look forward to the day when I shall see only hoped to hear of a collision at Topeka; la servile insurrection at the South. When the that he only desired to hear of a collision with black man supplied with British bayonets, and the Federal troops, and that northern men had commanded by British officers, shall wage a fallen; and then he would hear of Northern

war of extermination against the whites-when states arraying themselves against the Federal the master shall see his dwelling in flames, Government. And would that be the end? No;, and his hearth polluted, and though I may not Missouri would be the next battle field, and mock at their calamity, and laugh when their then slavery would be driven to the wall. Her fear cometh, yet I shall hail it as the dawn of

strength is only apparent; it consists half in | a political millenium." Northern cowards and doughfaces. It has been brave and rampant only because the HENRY WARD BEECHER, in presenting a North has fled before it. It will run when the Sharpe's rifle to one of his Kansas proteges, North faces it. He believed the time had come

said: to usé physical force."

"Gov. REEDER read to the convention the "It is a crime to shoot at a man and not hit report from Kansas, of the dispersion of the him.

morrows.

« PreviousContinue »