December 25, 1863

Macomb Weekly Journal

The Clergymen and the War.

            The editor of the Eagle thinks it is very strange that the clergymen of all denominations in the North are abolitionists, or, in other words, are in favor of crushing the rebels and maintaining the Government.

There is nothing strange in this fact to us – indeed we should think it strange were it otherwise.  The minister of God, if true to his calling, will always be found on the side of right, virtue and patriotism, and that man who can stand in the pulpit and [?] or rightfulness of human bondage, if called at all, must have been called by the Devil. – But this unanimity of sentiment does not alone exist among the clergymen, but prevails to a great extent among a christians of all denominations, Methodists, Presbyterians, Baptists, Congregationalists.  Christians and other denominations differ in regard to church policy and creeds, but there is a striking similarity of sentiment among them all in regard to slavery, the war and the salvation of the Government.  There are exceptions, it is true, in all denominations; but it is a fact that cannot be contraverted, that the whole christian and moral sentiment of the North and of the world is on the side of the Government in this contest against rebellion.  It is also true that the Christian and moral sentiment of the country is in favor of abolishing slavery, as the surest and quickest way of restoring the Government, and securing lasting peace. – The idea that slavery and freedom are antagonistic principles, and that an “irrepressible conflict” must exist between the two, is becoming a verified fact to the American people; consequently, all who prefer freedom to slavery – right and justice to wrong and oppression, are found marshaled on the side of the Government.  The very fact that Abbott thinks it strange, is one of the strongest evidences that slavery is wrong and should be destroyed.  We always expect to find the moral and religious sentiments of a people enlisted in behalf of the right, while on the other hand we always expect to find the vicious and wicked arrayed in opposition to virtue.  How is it in this case?  Will Mr. Abbott please tell us if the great bulk of the copperhead party, who are more in favor of slavery than they are of the Union, are not the very portion of the population that neither fear or respect the laws of God or man?  Are not the largest majorities the copperheads can show always in the worst wards of the worst cities in the country?  Look at the vote for Gov. Seymour in New York City.  The Five Points, and other locations of the same character voted almost unanimously for Seymour.  Again we say that the moral sentiment of the country is on the side of right and liberty.

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            → It has been the province of the Democracy to conduct the Government of the country through all its vicissitudes and convulsions up to the fatal year when old paths were forsaken for the new and untried road which has led the nation into the quicksand of fanaticism, and almost buried from sight all those principles which are dear to a free people.  No other party than the Democratic can settle the awful difficulties and perils of the nation, and this party cannot do it without it succeeds in electing the next President. – Macomb Eagle.

It appears that this disciple of slavery and rebellion, cannot divest himself of the idea that the salvation of the government can only be accomplished by placing it in the hands of its enemies. – Is it possible that the nation’s salvation rests only in the hands of the God-forsaken crew that composes the copperhead faction?  If so, there is little hope for it in the future.  But let us examine the pretensions upon which this claim is based.  “It has been the province of the Democracy to conduct the Government of the country up to the fatal year when old paths were forsaken” – says this copperhead editor.  Well, Mr. Abbott, was it not also the province of the same party to conduct the country into anarchy and confusion?  Who refused to submit to the constitutional election of Abraham Lincoln?  Who sat in the Chair of State when the national arms were stolen and placed in the hands of traitors?  Who winked at the secession of one State after another and never raised a hand to save the Government?  Who fired the first gun in this unholy rebellion, and who are the half million of men now in arms against the Government?  And, lastly, who are the men that are constantly giving aid and comfort to the enemies of the Government?  Did they not all belong to that same party that you now claim must save the country if it is saved at all?  Is it safe to again place the destinies of this Government in the hands of a party, the majority of which is now laboring for its destruction and overthrow? – Would it be entirely safe to trust the settlement of our national difficulties to a set of men that have proven themselves traitors at heart, and only lack the courage to show it by their acts? – Are such traitorous scoundrels as Vallandigham, Wood and Seymour safer men than Lincoln and his advisers to wield the destinies of the nation?  Whenever the copperheads can convince the people that a gang of traitors and thieves are better qualified to conduct the affairs of a christian nation honorably and safely, than are pure-minded men – then, and not till then can they hope to succeed.  The turning out of power of this traitorous gang has cost the country a million of lives and untold sums of treasure, and now the impudent scoundrels have the assurance to ask the people to reinstate them.  The editor of the Eagle must be plated with brass as well as copper.

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State Normal University.

November 20th, 1863,

School Commissioner of McDonough County:

Dear Sir:

You county is represented in the Normal University by six pupils, and your Representative District by not any.

Although the number now in attendance is much greater than ever before, (being in all Departments, 438 for the present term, against 291 for the same time last year, and about 150 the year before.) yet the spacious building is sufficient for the accommodation of still more.

If, therefore, you should desire to send more than two pupils from your county, and one from your Representative District, please to communicate your wish to the Principal, and it will be attended to according to law.

Great improvement has been made during the present term, in the number and character of the rooms prepared for the use of the students.  New accommodations, convenient and elegant, sufficient for eighty students, in the immediate vicinity of the University, will be ready for occupancy by the beginning of next term.  These will represent opportunities on a large scale for clubbing and self-boarding, thus reducing the student’s expenses to $1,50 or less per week.  In the clubs, the student enjoys all the comforts of a regular boarding house.

The corps of Instructors is full, and the Institution in a high state of efficiency.

The next term begins on Monday, Dec. 28th, when a new class will be admitted.

Let no county, through indifference or carelessness, deprive itself of the excellent opportunity now offered at the University, to which every county is entitled by law.

Very Respectfully,
Richard Edwards,
Principal.

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Obituary.

            Samuel Patrick died at his home in Colchester, Ill., on the 20th of November, 1863, in the 24th year of his age.  He was a native of this State, was the younger of the family, and having lost his parents in early life, he became the object of peculiar regard, and was kindly raised by his brother and four sisters.  He was the subject of early conviction, and while attending school in Abingdon, Ill., he openly professed the religion of the Bible, and lived a consistent life. – He enlisted in the service of his country on the 9th of August, 1862, and went into camp on the 13th with Co. A, 84th Regt. Ill. Vol.

He cheerfully endured the hardships and privations incident to army life, passed through several skirmishes uninjured; but finally in the dreadful battle of Stone River, (December 31st, 1862,) he received a wound in the right lung, which, after a space of nearly eleven months, terminated his stay in this world.  He was taken severely ill only ten days previous to his death.  He soon realized that his end was near, and went earnestly about setting his home in order, and when death came he was ready.

Samuel Patrick was a Christian patriot, a devoted philanthropist and one whose life is worthy of imitation.  Peace be to his ashes, and may his memory live long in the hearts of those he cherished.

W. C. Carithey.

            Colchester, Dec. 15th, 1863.

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A Tribute to the Dead.

            At a meeting of Co. H, 2nd Reg’t Ill. Vol. Cav., convened for the purpose of paying a tribute of respect to our beloved comrade in arms, Corporal Henry Clay Calvin, (who died on the evening of the 12th, from the effects of a wound received on the 11th ult.,) Wm. Venable was called to the chair, and Orderly Sergeant A. M. Prather was appointed secretary.  A committee consisting of Venable, Prather and Haney were appointed to draft preamble and resolutions expressing our respect for our deceased friend.

Committee reported the following preamble and resolutions which were adopted unanimously.

WHEREAS, It has pleased an all wise Providence to ca away from earth our highly esteemed comrade, Corporal Henry Clay Calvin, therefore be it

Resolved, That we cannot but deeply feel the loss of him who was ever prompt in the discharge of his every duty, obedient and respectful to his superiors, courageous and daring in facing the enemy, and who won all hearts by his goodness and affability to all with whom he came in contact.

Resolved, That in sacrificing his life upon the altar of his country, he gave incontestible proof of a heroic devotion to the sacred cause of civil and religious liberty, and we feel that his noble example should make us the more earnest, as soldiers, to dare and to strike so long as an armed traitor disputes the supremacy of Federal authority.

Resolved, That we tender our heartfelt sympathy and condolence to the family, relatives and friends of our deceased comrade.

Resolved, That a copy of the above be sent to the family of the deceased, and a copy to the Macomb Journal for publication.

Wm. Venable, President.

A. M. Prather, Secretary.

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            The Havana Voter. – We have received the first number of a hebdomadal published at Havana, Mason county, by David G. Swan, who is well and favorably known to many of our citizens.  The Voter is neatly printed, edited with [?]ed ability, and we feel assured the good people of Mason will extend to it general patronage.  It is republican in politics, and we extend DAVE our right hand.  Long may he wave!

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            → Go to Lea’s to get your confectionaries.

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            Pictures. – Pearson & Thomas, on the south side of the square, over J. M. Browne & Co.’s Boot and Shoe store, are still taking all the late styles pictures on as reasonable terms as they can [?] at any other establishment in the city.  Now that the holidays are at [?], all will do well to give these [?] a call and get a dozen or so photographs of themselves.  Nothing you can send your friends in the [?] will be more acceptable.  See advertisement in another column.

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