* Due to lack of source material, there is no material from the Macomb Journal in this week’s post. The Journal returns next week.
December 20, 1862
The present republican Congress have recognized the doctrine of secession. The bill admitting Western Virginia into the Union has passed both houses, although it is in solemn violation of the Constitution of the United States. It is provided in the Constitution that no new State shall be formed out of the territory of an existing State without the consent of that State and of Congress. There is no pretence made that Virginia has consented to the formation of the State of Western Virginia; her people, in three-fourths of the counties, have not even been consulted in the matter. The whole thing then is in palpable violation of the Constitution. It is no excuse to say that a portion of Virginia is in rebellion, and cannot be heard on the question. A rebellion in Virginia does not repeal or nullify a portion of the Constitution, nor does it release officers of the government from their obligation to support and defend that Constitution. The converse of this doctrine, which seems to have been adopted by the republicans in Congress, is a recognition of secessionism in all its length and breadth; because, according to their theory, a State has only to rebel to successfully resist any portion of the Constitution which is distasteful to her people. This doctrine is most pernicious and vicious; and we have now a million of men in arms for the purpose of combating its attempted engraftment on American politics. – Why, then, is a principle recognized by Congress, which the whole power of the government is warring to destroy? Is it to pave the way – to establish a precedent – for the recognition of secessionism on a larger scale, one that shall realize Mr. Lincoln’s theory that “any people anywhere, having the power, have the right to thrown off their existing government and form a new one that suits them better?”
How is This?
We see by the papers that the draft has been a perfect farce in Connecticut, and that in other New England States it has been but imperfectly enforced, or entirely omitted. How is this? – Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, and other Western States, have had the draft enforced with a vengeance, and even the little townships in arrears have had to “pony up” their quota. The New England States aided to bring on this war, and helped Jeff. Davis to “fire the southern heart,” and yet the Yankee rapscallions are allowed to sneak out of the war by the favor of this abolition administration. We suppose Lincoln is afraid to offend their high mightinesses, as they are the only friends he has left – the only ones to which he owes allegiance. We trust the free press will keep the conduct of these recusant New Englanders fresh in the minds of the people. They are utterly opposed to even an honorable peace with the South, and as utterly opposed to doing their share of the fighting. Such persons deserve the scorn of mankind.
The Disaster at Fredericksburg.
It need not be concealed, though the administration attempts to conceal, that our army has met serious disaster at Fredericksburg. To have crossed the Rapphannock after ten days’ waiting and fought a severe battle, and then, clandestinely retreated to the bank of the river which had been left is, of course, defeat; and, however much we may lament it, we may as well confess it voluntarily now as to be compelled to confess it by and by.
The lamentable event proves, what we have all along averred – that Burnside has been sent off unprepared for the work before him. His long halt on the north bank of the river revealed how unprepared he was. We have here another commentary on the removal of McClellan. We have here another commentary on the abolition management of the war.
We will pay two and a half cents a pound for clean linen and cotton rags.
→Ray’s new caps are very stylish. – They are of good material, well made, good looking, and comfortable to wear. Go and get one and be convinced.
→We are indebted to our friend Davis Hardin, for a bushel of peach-blow potatoes, which are as good to eat as any we have ever seen, and are also a “leetle” the largest.
→We have neglected to state that Amos Dixon, who was elected sheriff in November, has taken possession of the office, and appointed Leander Cassidy as deputy. These gentlemen will make popular and efficient officers.
Insult to Injury. – Some person has sent us a copy of the Quincy Herald containing I. N. Morris’ letter “To His Excellency, Abraham Lincoln.” It is bad enough to have a letter from Morris thrust in our face, but to have it come in a paper that endorsed Fremont’s proclamation is a little too much for common patience.
→ Francis McSperitt came very near having a serious collision with a train on the railroad on Saturday night. He attempted to cross the track in a buggy in front of an approaching train, which was much nearer than he supposed. The engine struck his buggy and “demolished it considerably.” He escaped without injury. It is best to give railroad trains a wide berth.
A society under the above name was organized at a meeting held at the Randolph Hotel on Tuesday evening the 6th inst., by electing W. W. Bailey President, Thos. Gilmore Vice President, Mary E. Parkinson, Treasurer, and M. T. Winslow, Secretary. The object of the society will be as far as possible to relieve the wants of the suffering poor in our city during the coming inclement season. It is hoped that the object will commend itself to all who may be in circumstances to help the needy. The next meeting of the society will be held at the residence of W. W. Bailey on Tuesday evening, 23d inst., at 7 o’clock. A general attendance is respectfully solicited. Any person not finding it convenient to attend the meetings of the society, may be assured that any money or clothing left with the treasurer or any of the officers of the society will be judiciously applied. M. T. Winslow, Sec.