Secession Era Editorials Project
The South and the New York Factions.
Carolina, Mercury [Democratic]
(26 January 1854)
As expected, the bickerings between the New
York Factions have been transferred to the floors of
Congress, and the country has been entertained with some
very pretty sparring between the various champions.
But the indications are that this controversy, which threatened to result
in such injury to the Administration, will pass quietly and harmlessly by, at
least on the issues which gave it birth.
The nomination of Mr. REDFIELD will be certainly
confirmed, and Mr. BRONSON, in spite of all his
persecution, and his smart letters, will be named no more.
A question has arisen, however, which will fairly put to the test, the
faith of both Hards and Softs, and determine as well
the sincerity of their support of the principles of the Compromise of
1850, as the justice of their several claims to be esteemed the friends
of the South.
Our remarks will be understood as having reference to the question of the
establishment of a Territorial Government for Nebraska.
We called attention a few days ago to Mr.
DOUGLAS' Bill which proposes to extend the principles of the late
Compromise to that territory, to the resolution introduced by
SUMNER re-asserting the Wilmot proviso, to the action
of the Ohio Legislature, and to the call of a public meeting in
the city of New York for the object of denouncing
Mr. DOUGLAS' Bill.
We regarded these as significant indications of the restiveness of a
portion of the North on the oft-asserted finality of the
Compromise, and their determination to set at naught its
provisions, in every respect, at all favorable to the South.
We, in fact, saw that our predictions were being realized, of the
Compromise being a hollow truce, by which the South
was put to sleep for further robbery.
But it so happens that these New York factions have made
their past devotion to the Compromise, and their willingness to
sustain it in the future, the ground of all their quarrel, and each has charged
upon the other the utmost treachery and falsehood in regard to it.
An issue is pending which will determine between them, and we shall
earnestly watch the progress.
They both stand out as the advocates of the principles of the
Compromise, and their action will sustain or contradict their past
It is perhaps, well for the South that
parties at the North stand thus committed, for never before
has the test been so fairly presented, of whether there is any party at the North really
friendly to her rights, and if there is, who they are.
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