[Pointing Finger]The crime is committed. The work of
They tell us that the
It was fitting that the Law should be passed as it was. It was in accordance with its spirit that it should be conceived in treachery, sprung upon the House by a fraud, and forced through it by a Parliamentary lie. It was appropriate that one member should be bribed and another bullied, and another bought, until the ranks of Slavery were full. Had Law or Order or Honesty had aught to do with its passage, there would have been a strange incongruity between the means and the end.
We cannot read the future. We cannot predict what will be the consequences of this last and most fatal blow to Liberty. But we can see what the duty of Freemen is, and we mean it shall be through no fault of ours if it is left undone.
If the North is what it claims to be, and what
we have, of late, had gratifying assurance that it
will be, this day ends the era of Compromises.
With the band of Representatives that have nobly
resisted the consummation of this iniquity, for its
standard-bearers, it will declare that there shall be
no more new Slave States. That there shall be
no more Slave Territories. That there shall be no
more Northern Congressmen with Southern principles.
It will seek the immediate colonization of Nebraska
by those who can yet save it from the impending
curse. It will take a solemn pledge of the
men it sends to
On the other hand, those who have passed the
bill, flushed with success, already announce new
schemes. They will send mercenary Governments
to the Territories to establish Slavery there, if
haply the will of the settlers should oppose it. They
count upon the Slave State of
This is the struggle before us. It is fraught with results of momentous consequence. From the tone and temper of the People, we have everything to hope. From the unbridled folly and unscrupulous power of party leaders, we have everything to fear. Believing as we do, that the purposes of Eternal Justice are not to be cast down by men's hands, we have no fear of the ultimate triumph of Right. But whether that triumph shall be slow or speedy, whether it shall come in our day, or be postponed until the Nation itself shall be consumed by the disease that is beginning to gnaw at its vitals -- is for the decision of the Freemen, North and South, of the Union.
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