The Democratic Party and Old Brown.
Charleston, South Carolina, Mercury [Democratic]
(8 November 1859)
The Democratic party in the North are striving (not without success, we
suspect) to make the late emeute at Harper's Ferry a leading
element in the elections about to take place in New York and New Jersey,
against the black republicans.
Undoubtedly there is great confusion in the black republican press as to
Some approve of BROWN'S proceedings -some condemn them very decidedly --
whilst other presses approve of his principles but condemn his practice.
But how was it when BROWN was carrying on his enterprises of murdering
slaveholders and freeing slaves in Missouri and Kansas.
Yet what democratic press at the North called for the punishment of
murderers, slave and horse thieves in Kansas?
If the laws had been enforced in Kansas for the protection of slaveholders
and their ownership of slaves, BROWN would have been hung.
He never would have lived triumphant in crime to plot its perpetration at
But with democratic office-holders, under democratic administrations, from
the incipiency of the, force and fraud and bloody violence was allowed to be
Successful in Kansas, is it surprising that the emissaries of abolition
should turn to the frontier States to carry out within their limits the policy
of insurrection and freesoil domination?
The one was the natural consequence of the other?
The reason is obvious.
In the case of Kansas, northern democrats and northern abolitionists were
well agreed in any policy which would make Kansas a free State.
Even now, two-thirds of the democratic party in the northern States are in
favor of DOUGLAS' expedient of squatter sovereignty, to exclude or drive out
slaveholders and slaves from all common territories.
Such a policy involves violence and blood, just as much as the Harper's
But it seems impracticable in Virginia.
This enterprise to run off or emancipate slaves in Virginia has failed.
The elections in New York and New Jersey take place this day, and BROWN'S
emeute is seized on to carry these elections against the
The patronage of the State Government in New York is far greater than the
patronage of the General Government; and by these elections, the government of
those States goes under the control of the democratic or the black republican
Let no one in the South suppose that the denunciations by the democratic
party of the North, in its presses or its party meetings, of BROWN and his
treason, springs from a love to the South, or a simple fidelity to the
The chief cause of their denunciations are -- 1.
A fear, not a love, of the South.
No party of the North designs a dissolution of the Union.
They all understand the importance of the South to their enrichment and
Even the abolitionists do not mean to drive the South beyond their
intervention and control, by dissolving the Union.
The success of their schemes is wrapped up in the Union; and they will
equivocate and deny just as often as the occasions of their policy shall require
A skilful angler lets the fish run when strong and alarmed at
The people of the North have a great deal yet to get out of us; and if the
democratic party should defeat the black republican party at the approaching
elections, it will only show that they are just as wise as they have ever
To weaken, subject and use the South, but not to lose her, is their
When adapted to their rule, then the old expedients of plunder will be
In those very States of New York and New Jersey, at the last fall
elections, the democratic party rivalled the black republican party in their
zeal for protective tariffs.
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