November 21, 1863

Macomb Eagle

“Robbery of Abraham Lincoln.”

            A terrible and gigantic robbery has been perpetrated on Abraham Lincoln.  Mr. Seward, in a late speech at Auburn, N.Y., astounded his hearers by a disclosure of this robbery.  The speech has been published “out west,” and we therefore take the liberty to give the leading argument of the distinguished secretary a still wider circulation.  He declares that “Abraham Lincoln must be President of South Carolina and Georgia, by virtue of the election of 1860, or not only the peace of the Union, but the Union itself, is forever lost.”  A good may plain people have heretofore consoled themselves by the reflection that the sacrifices of this war were to find their compensation in the blessings of a restored Union; but here it is announced by the first officer of the cabinet that the war is to make Abraham “President of South Carolina and Georgia” for four years!  Hear Mr. Seward again: “It is injustice and downright robbery of Abraham Lincoln to refuse him the full enjoyment of the authority conferred upon him by that election.”  In other language Mr. Lincoln has a vested right in the presidency, and if he enjoys only a fragment of it the country is bound to indemnify him for the balance.  Again says Seward: “There can be no peace and quiet until Abraham Lincoln is President of the whole United States.”  There it is.  The modern Shylock must have his pound his pound of flesh, even if it is cut from nearest the nation’s heart.  The whole troop of Presidential aspirants – Chase, Stanton, Halleck, Fremont, Wade, Butler, Sumner, Yates, etc. – must stand aside.  Their seeking a nomination in opposition to the mighty Aberraham Linkhorn is no better than “opposing the government” – it is “disloyal” – it is “encouraging treason” – and they must not expect to escape the traitor’s doom if they persist in helping the rebels to gain their independence in that way.  As for any Democratic candidate, poor fellow, a short shrift will await him at the hands of the men who are “loyal to the government.”

But this argument has a wider application.  As intimated above, it degrades the great struggle of arms now witnessed in this country into an affair of the personal rights of Abraham Lincoln.  It is not a war for the Union; it does not even rise to the dignity of a war for emancipation; it is not a war for a great cause at all; it only concerns the claims of an individual man to the exercise of official power.  This extraordinary doctrine asserts that the land must continue to be drenched in blood for no worthier object than to compensate Abraham Lincoln for what he has not tasted of the sweets of power.  One might readily believe that he has usurped enough of “power” over the northern States to compensate for any deficit he could possibly claim as still due from the South.  The “down-right robbery of Abraham Lincoln” savors of ideas which belonged to the seventeenth century, but which we had hoped were obsolete in the nineteenth.  The house of Tudor and the house of Stuart claimed a personal property in the supreme power of the state; but the right divine of kings has long been exploded in western Europe.  Neither the first nor the third Napoleon dared to brave the public opinion of the age by resting his claim to dominion on any other ground than the good of the French nation.  It is reserved for American republicans to hear their rulers make their rights and the peace of the nation subservient to one man’s title to power.  Considering the precious blood that has been shed, the countless hecatombs of lives that have been offered up, the domestic affections that have been so cruelly torn and lacerate, and the gigantic debt that has been [?] to burden this and future generations, it is atrocious and revolting to hear an American statesman, high in authority, belittle this mighty and desolating contest with a pitiful personal question respecting the “robbery of Abraham Lincoln.”

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Sustaining the Rebellion.

            The Democratic party have never been the aiders or abettors of the rebellion, nor have their leading men ever been declaring that secession was an accomplished fact.  Leading men in the republican loyal league organization, however, have been maintaining the rebel doctrine that the secession of the rebellious States is a legal fact and must be recognized.  Sumner holds this opinion, as also do the Tribunes and other journals of the party.  Montgomery Blair, an important member of the cabinet, thinks these men are aiders and abettors of the rebellion.  In a late letter to citizens of New York he said:

I do not concur in the proposition that certain States have been “recently overturned and wholly subverted as members of the Federal Union,” upon which this call is [?] – This is in substance what the Confederates themselves claim, and the fact that secession is maintained by the authors of this call for a different purpose does not make it more constitutional, or prevent them from being actual aiders and abettors of the Confederates.

M. BLAIR.

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            → The old song which read,
“As I went lumbering down the street,”

had reference to the lumberyard of H. R. Bartleson, where can be found a large and complete assortment of every form of building, fencing and plastering materials.  “Roch” sells on liberal terms, and will satisfy everyone as to the advantages of purchasing lumber at his yards.

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            → Mr. Venable on the [?] side, is one of those energetic and liberal merchants that we like to see prosper in business.  His efforts to supply the people with goods that will wear, and return to the purchaser an equivalent for the money invested, [?] meet with a generous and prompt response on the part of the citizens of this county.  Call at his store – if you want goods that are durable and useful.

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            New Bakery. – J[?] Gesle[?] is setting up a new bakery, at the northwest corner of the square, and will be prepared in a day or two to furnish bread, crackers, cakes, pies, etc., of the best quality, and in quantities as demanded.  Mr. G. is a practical baker, and the public may rest satisfied that whatever he turns out will be of the best quality.

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Items Here and There.

–          Mr. Reagan has laid us under obligations for a bushel of peachblow potatoes, very large and firm.

–          That cap of ours, which everybody is staring at, is a genuine beaver, grown expressly for this purpose by Mr. Beaver himself.  For the information of all who are wondering how an editor can wear a ten dollar cap, we will say that is a [?] from Captain Wright, proprietor of the best boot and shoe store in the State of Illinois.

–          We are indebted to Col. [?] R. Morrison for copies of his late speech at Edwardsville, Ill.

–          Senator Richardson has [?] us the third part of the “report of the committee on the conduct of the war.”

–          A new railroad time table went into operation on Monday, which is directly reported at the head of the column.

–          Jesse Tatman, well known in this town and vicinity, was killed at Macomb last week.  He and a man named Yocum got in a fight, and on the latter getting the worst of it he drew a knife and cut Tatman so violently that he died in about twenty four hours.

–          The station agent at Colchester, Mr. Parsons, met with a sudden death last Friday.  He was helping switch a freight train, and after it was cut in two he attempted to jump from one section to the other, but the distance was too great and he fell between them, while the advancing cars ran over his head and shoulders, causing instant death.

–          Lieut. Wm. S. Hutchin [?] recruiting for Farnsworth’s cavalry brigade [?] had sworn his fourteen men in Schuyler county, up to the first of last week.

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