January 10, 1863
The President’s Proclamation!
The President has proved, by proclamation to the troops, that the attack upon the entrenchments at Fredericksburg “was not an error, nor its failure an accident!” It is only the remarkable man who proclaimed in the beginning that “no one was hurt” by the civil war; and who ordered it, by proclamation to stop; and who, being unheeded by the white population, proposes to stop it by proclamation to the blacks, that could thus attempt to prove black white, white black, and blood-red butchery the snow-white harmlessness of doves! The attack was an error, and its failure, not accidental, but a crime upon the imbeciles at Washington, who threw away the opportunity of victory, and forfeited the success of the campaign. But let that pass! The proclamation to the blacks has come in force. Will it be successful? If so, how partial the measure! Why not proclaim that no debtor need pay his note to bank, or his dues to creditor, while his State is in rebellion? Why not release tenants from paying rents, and turn their tenures into fee simples? Having thus disposed of secession, the President has better turn his attention to slavery in Brazil and in Cuba, and finish it there by a stroke of the pen! Canada could, in the same way, be separated from England, and the European dynasties overturned. Cannibalism in the Fejee Islands, small feet in China, polytheism in the rest of Asia, might share the same fate. – The wives of Utah, already freed by the Congressional statute against polygamy, only await a proclamation from the President to rush to the Anti-Mormon States! The benevolent societies, which have not got their fill of contrabands, will be called on to accommodate the surplus wifedom of Brigham Young’s colony. What next? We know of nothing else for the President to do, for himself or for humanity, except to declare, by proclamation, that the Northwest passage is henceforth free and open for navigation to all the nations of the world!
Letter from the Editor.
Springfield, Jan. 5, 1863.
The Senate was called to order at 12 o’clock, by Lieut. Gov. Hoffman. – The following officers were elected: Manning Mayfield of Massac, secretary; Nelson Abbott of McDonough, 1st assistant secretary; Wm. Rounseville of Peoria, 2nd do; Louis Hauk of St. Clair, engrossing and enrolling clerk; M. J. Murray of Clinton and James Lowe of Adams assistant enrolling and engrossing clerks, and James Ward of Pike, postmaster.
Mr. Madden had the effrontery to present a certificate of election as Senator from the 14th district (McDonough, Warren, Henderson, and Mercer). But his claim was so manifestly a bogus one that only four senators could be found who would give it the respect of a hearing.
In the House, Hon. S. A. Buckmaster of Madison was elected Speaker; J. Q. Harmon of Alexander, clerk; Z. S. Maston of Fulton and C. Winston of Hancock, assistant clerks; Mr. Hike of La Salle, and Mr. Merritt of Marion, engrossing and enrolling clerks.
The Governor’s message will be read to-morrow. It is said to be a very lengthy document – probably designed to make up in quantity, what it may lack in quality. It will bo doubt be fully up to the abolition standard, and it is hoped it may explain why Greeley’s “nine hundred thousand men” are not now “marching on” to the tune of “The darkey’s are coming, ho! ho!”
The Senatorial question is the absorbing topic among members. Richardson and his friends claim that he has a sure thing; but those who oppose him are confident that he is beaten already beyond all hope of recovery. – Marshall, O’Melveny, Ficklin, and Goudy are candidates, and of course each man thinks that his own election will best serve the country. There may also be other candidates – and it is by no means improbable that a new man may bear off the palm. A week more will ease several men’s anxiety.
The capitol building presents an appearance of neglect that is no way creditable to the State officers who have it in charge. The second floor of the rotunda is cumbered with old stoves stove pipes, broken chairs and tables, and is dirty in the extreme. – We do not know whose special duty it is to keep the capitol “decently and in order,” but its condition is anything but a reflection on the neatness and care for public property on the part of certain republican officials.
Jan. 6, ’63. – The message of the Governor was read this afternoon. It was sent to the Senate already printed, and consumed two and a half hours in reading. The Governor, in this age of progress of “Americans of African descent,” does not appear before the Legislature. Whether this is owing to the rise in dignity or the decline of whiskey, I leave for others to determine.
The message is intensely black, as a matter of course. It is also, in many particulars, superlatively ridiculous. It recommends various matters of expenditure, and the writer seems to think that the people are only made to sweat and bleed for the purpose of pampering the “high-born and divine right” of republicans who may get into official position. The foolish and knavish proclamation of January 1st is endorsed by the Governor as the greatest boon to mankind since the dawn of creation.
The war will now be prosecuted to secure freedoms for slaves, not to restore the Union; entail still heavier burdens on white men, and to turn loose millions of savages upon our brethren. The original professed object of the war is now abandoned, and a new object and purpose is avowed, to which neither the soldiers in the army nor the great majority of the people of the north, have ever approved, and which they earnestly and unhesitatingly condemn.
The deed is done – the deed which unites the people of the South forever in their rebellion, and divides the people of the North as to the further prosecution of the war – the deed which converts the war from a constitutional contest for the integrity of the Union to an unconstitutional crusade for the liberation of three millions of negro barbarians and their enfranchisement as citizens – the deed which destroys the last hope of the preservation of the old government and inaugurates a future dark, uncertain and dreary – the deed which is as unwarranted in military as it is in civil law, against the purposes of which the humanity of Christendom will protest, and to avert the consequences of which European powers will interfere. The deed is done. The craziest abolitionism has achieved the very acme of its desires.
The end for which the war commenced by the dominant party – the separation of the Union and an armed anti-slavery crusade – has been reached. It is not a deed without a name. It will be known in all history as the most wicked, atrocious and revolting deed recorded in the annals of civilization. – Chicago Times.
Louisville, Jan. 4. – The Jews concentrated here and at Cairo, have appointed deputations to proceed to Washington to remonstrate against Gen. Grant’s order expelling them from the territory occupied by the Federal forces.
Fortress Monroe, Jan. 3. – To Hon. Gideon Welles: The State of Georgia reports that the Monitor foundered on Tuesday night, south of Cape Hatteras, with the loss of two officers and thirty-eight men, names not known.
To our Readers.
As will be seen elsewhere the editor of this paper will be at Springfield during the session of the Legislature. J. B. Naylor will have charge of the office in the meantime and will transact business in my name. Payments for subscriptions, advertising, or job work can be made to him, and I trust they will be in sufficient quantity to keep The Eagle flying till my return.
“The Bakers are Coming.” – None of our citizens should fail to attend the concert, to be given by the Bakers, at Campbell’s hall, on Monday evening next.