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1861 Excerpt: ...king when cotton is most loyal to the Union. Let
the future be witness of this prediction. Mr. Speaker, I confess to
peculiar feelings when I meditate upon the dissolution of this
Union. I have lived in a slaveholding State. On a beautiful hill in
Kentucky, quite within sight of the residence of one of my
colleagues, in a simple rural family graveyard, lie the remains of
my father and mother, brothers and sister. I desire, that while I
live, at least, and while my children live, the ashes of those
who.were so dear to me while living, and whose memories are my
precious inheritance, shall repose in my country, and not within a
foreign jurisdiction. When I would visit their simple graves, I
desire that no officer shall question my right, and disturb me, in
those solemn moments, by rudely demanding a passport. How many arc
like mc; how very many Mr. Speaker, the immediate cause of all the
calamities which now threaten to sever the golden bonds which have
heretofore united us, is the too long continuance in power of a
single political party. During the period in which it has held
power, it has survived the issues which gave it birth, and its
chiefs having led it into excesses which shook the confidence of
the country, it has been able, by the unexampled strength of its
organization, and the military fertility and precision of its
strategy, to divide, to distract, to demoralize the opposing
forces, and still to hold to tho reins of public authority.
Abandoned in the northern States by those who, in many contests,
havo borne the heat and burden of the day--sustained with protest
by the great part of those there who still adhere to it--its day of
doom seems at length to have approached Behold it now--Like some
va.t rock, Which has, for unimaginable years. Sustaine...
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