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election ; so that his character is fitly drawn, when it is said that he thrust fraudulent votes into the ballot-box, and whips into the hands of taskmasters.
The earlier struggle was predicted by Turgot, who said, that, in the course of Nature, colonies must drop from the parent stem, like ripe fruit. But where is the Turgot who has predicted, that, in the course of Nature, the great Republic must be broken to found a new power on the corner-stone of Slavery ?
The earlier struggle gathered about it the sympathy of the learned, the good, and the wise, while the people of France rose up to call it blessed. The present struggle can expect nothing but detestation from all not lost to duty and honor, while the people of France must cover it with curses.
The earlier struggle enjoyed the favor of France, whether in assemblies of learning or of fashion, in spite of its king. It remains to be seen if the present struggle must not ignobly fail in France, still mindful of its early vows, in spite of its Emperor.
Where duty and honor are so plain, it is painful to think that even for a moment there can be hesitation.
Alas for France !
VICTORY AND PEACE THROUGH EMANCIPATION.
LETTER TO COLORED CITIZENS IN NEW YORK, CELEBRATING THE
ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROCLAMATION, DECEMBER 18, 1863.
WASHINGTON, December 18, 1863. (ENTLEMEN, - It is not in my power to be
ent at your festival in honor of the Proclamation of Emancipation. But, wherever I may be, I shall celebrate it in my heart.
That Proclamation was the key to open the gates of victory and peace. Without it victory would have been doubtful, and peace impossible. And now both are certain. Accept my best wishes, and believe me, Gentlemen, Faithfully yours,
CHARLES SUMNER. THE COMMITTEE, &c.
THE MAYFLOWER AND THE SLAVE SHIP.
LETTER TO THE NEw England SOCIETY AT New York, DECEMBER
At the anniversary of the Society speeches were made by Rev. Dr. Hitchcock, Mayor Opdyke, General Dix, General Burnside, General Sickles, Senator Hale, Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, and James T. Brady, Esq. Among the letters read was one from Mr. Sumner.
SENATE CHAMBER, Decenīber 21, 1863.
your patriotic, invigorating, and gratifying festival, where New-Englanders away from home annually meet for fellowship; but the Senate is in session, and you know it is not a habit with me to leave my post. I must put off to another occasion the pleasure I had promised myself.
Never before, since the Mayflower landed its precious cargo, have New-Englanders had more reason for pride and gratulation than now. We are told that a little leaven shall leaven the whole lump, and that saying is verified. The principles and ideas which constitute the strength and glory of New England have spread against opposition and contumely, till at last their influence is visible in a regenerated country, — tried, it may be, by murderous conspiracy and rebellion, but aroused and stimulated to the manly support of Human Rights.
Amid all the sorrows of a conflict without precedent,
let us hold fast to the consolation that it is in simple obedience to the spirit in which New England was founded that we are now resisting the bloody efforts to raise a wicked power on the corner-stone of Human Slavery, and that as New-Englanders we could not do otherwise.
If such a wicked power can be raised on this continent, the Mayflower traversed its wintry sea in vain.
We remember, too, that another ship crossed at the same time, buffeting the same sea. It was a Dutch ship, with twenty slaves, who were landed at Jamestown, in Virginia, and became the fatal seed of that Slavery which has threatened to overshadow the land. Thus the same ocean, in the same year, bore to the Western Continent the Pilgrim Fathers, consecrated to Human Liberty, and also a cargo of slaves. In the holds of those two ships were the germs of the present direful war, and the simple question now is between the Mayflower and the slave ship. Who that has not forgotten God can doubt the result? The Mayflower must prevail. Believe me, with much regard, my dear Sir,
Very faithfully yours,
Elliot C. Cowdin, Esq.
COMMUTATION FOR THE DRAFT: DIFFERENCE
BETWEEN RICH AND POOR.
REMARKS IN THE SENATE, ON AN AMENDMENT MOVED TO THE ExRol
MENT Bill, JANUARY 8, 12, AND JUNE 20, 1864, AND FEBRUARY 7, 1865.
JANUARY 8, 1864, the Senate having under consideration a bill to amend an act entitled “An Act for enrolling and calling out the national forces and for other purposes," approved March 3, 1863, Mr. Sumner moved an amendment, afterwards modified as follows.
“ That, in addition to the substitute furnished by a drafted person, or, where no substitute is furnished, then in addition to the sum fixed by the Secretary of War for the procuration of a substitute, every such drafted person shall, before his discharge from the draft, be held to contribute a certain proportion, in the nature of a tithe, of his annual gains, profits, or income, whether derived from any kind of property, dividends, salary, or from any profession, trade, or employment whatever, according to the following rates, to wit: on all income over, one thousand dollars and not over two thousand dollars, five per centum; over two thousand dollars and not over five thousand dollars, ten per centum; and on all income over five thousand dollars, twenty per
And it shall be the duty of every such person, seeking to be discharged, to make return, either by himself or his guardian, to the provostmarshal of his district, of the amount of his income, according to the requirements of the Act to provide internal revenue, of July 1, 1862. And it is further provided, That the contribution thus made shall be employed by the Secretary of War, in his discretion, to promote enlistments, or for the benefit of enlisted men."
January 8th, Mr. Sumner explained his amendment, remarking as follows.
R. PRESIDENT, - I presume that I do not ex
aggerate, if I say, that, of all the questions connected with this bill, that relating to commutation for