Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Still Our Kindred and Our Country-Men

From the Covington Journal May 3, 1862 comes this untitled message with an attempt at a conciliatory message, yet ending with a bit of false hope about the "delusion" passing away anytime soon.

I do find it noteworthy that this story blamed "secessionists of our State" for much of the problems and showed no sympathy towards them. The writer of this article was still in the pro-Union camp apparently.


In August last, Mr. Seward, in writing his instructions to Mr. Adams, our Minister to England, uttered these noble words: 

"You will indulge in no expressions of harshness or disrespect, or impatience concerning the seceded States, their agents or their people; but you will, on the contrary, all the while remember that those States are now as they always heretofore have been, and not withstanding their temporary self-delusion, they must always continue to be, equal and honored members of this Federal Union, and that their citizens throughout all political misunderstandings and alienations, still are and always must be our kindred and countrymen."

This should never be forgotten. In all of our trials and exasperations - amid all the provocations that have been given us b y the deluded secessionists of our State, let us not forget that they 'still are and always must be our kindred and countrymen." Their delusion is passing away. Let us help to dispel it, and let us strive to become again, as we were not long ago, a united, a happy and a prosperous people. 

[Lexington Observer]

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