The special organ of the Administration backs up Douglas's Nebraska Bill. This is natural. In fact it is a godsend to The Union to have a subject on which it can denounce the Free-Soilers and pledge itself anew to lick the feet of the Slaveholders. Its Hunker friends have been crowding it hard lately for its devotion to the Softs, and the Abolition proclivities which they charge upon it.
We hear from Washington that Douglas's Bill is likely to be supported by
some Northern Whigs.
We shall not be surprised at any turn affairs may take at Washington.
It takes pluck to resist a strong adverse current in political affairs.
And this is too much to expect of a good many gentlemen who find their way
It is vastly easier to go with the tide always than to stem it.
It is said that Douglas's Bill will not make Nebraska a Slave State?
How do we know that?
If Congress avows its purpose in advance to disregard a solemn obligation,
designed to forever exclude Slavery from that Territory, and coquettes with the
stipulations of a sacred compact, instead of resolutely enforcing it, we may
expect to see this inebriated political morality taken advantage of, and
desperate efforts made to reconquer for Slavery a Territory whose defenses have
been deliberately torn down to invite invasion and subjection to remorseless
But, on the other hand, it is safe to insist upon the doctrine of
discountenancing and excluding Slavery therefrom.
The moral force of the application of the Proviso to the Territorial
Government of Nebraska will make assurance doubly sure that when it is created
into a State, it will be a Free State.
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