An Appeal to the Congress of the United States (Classic Reprint)

An Appeal to the Congress of the United States (Classic Reprint)

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Mr. Editor: It has been said, and that in high places, that even under the extreme aggravation to which Georgia has been aroused, and which it would seem ought to make us all of one mind, as one man, there are to be two parties in the coming election for delegates to the State Convention. I am unwilling to think so, I have yet to believe that Georgia contains within her borders any respectable number of men who would, in her present exigency, think for one moment of quietly submitting to the rule of a man hostile to the very foundation of our social system. Understand me, I refer to abject submissionists, Unionists at any hazard, and to the end of the chapter. If there are any such, they are Georgia's foster children, and not born of her. They are her Catalines, her Arnolds, and the sooner the veil is torn from the dark designs of their unnatural bosoms, the better will it be for the honor of our State.

But I cannot believe that a corporal's guard of men so low, so servile, so degraded, so lost to shame, and insensible to wrong and insult, could be drummed up from Dade to Ware. If there be any, they had better keep out of the track of the whirlwind of defiant indignation that is now sweeping the length and breadth of this State. Such cringing submission will be held to be either cowardice or knavery, and the hour of retribution will soon overtake them. He who is not in our favor of resistance in some shape, can be but little short of an ally of our enemies.

But surely there can be no such men in Georgia, who can boast the name of a Georgian, for in every meeting in every county the cry of resistance has been made.

Refusing to submit to Lincoln's rule is "resistance to Lincoln." Any step short of secession, short of disavowing his right, or willingness for him to rule over us, is not resistance to him, but submission to him, and resistance to some one else.

1st. Did you not say some months ago that the Government at Washington ought to put down the movement of Southern States at once, or something to that effect?

2d. Did you not say that Abraham Lincoln was lawfully elected by the people, and that because some of the office-seekers were disappointed, they had advocated secession, and also that you had no doubt but that Lincoln would make a good President?

3d. After Georgia had seceded, did you not endeavor to ship rice to Boston, or some other northern port?

4th. Were you not opposed to the secession of Georgia from the United States?

5th. Did you not positively forbid your house to be illuminated in honor of South Carolina?

6th. Did you not try to get Wm. D. Olivera to run the blockade and take a cargo of rice North?

7th. Do you think that the South had any right to secede from the United States?

8th. Did you not say that the South had acted too hasty in seceding when she did, and that the people ought to wait until Lincoln committed an overt act?

9th. Are you not opposed to slave labor, and have you not said that it ought to be abolished?

10th. Did you not own an interest in an iron mill North; and if so, how much, and at what place?

11th. Did you not refuse to join a mounted guard, organizing in this city, for the protection of Savannan, and assign as your reason that you were able to protect your own home, and that you did not know by whom our homes and firesides were to be invaded?

12th. Did you not in conversation with two gentlemen on Monday or Tuesday last, say that the North was honorable, and acted honorably, and that Kentucky was always an honorable State, and that she was still honorable, if she had gone with the North?

13th. Do you own any slaves?

14th. Have you not frequently and repeatedly abused the South and taken up for the North?
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