- Apr 19, 2011
Richmond (VA) Daily Dispatch, Dec. 28, 1860:
Appeal from South Carolina.
The address of the "People of Sonth Carolina" to the Slaveholding states, concludes as follows :
Citizens of the slaveholding Slates of the United Stales, circumstances beyond our control have placed us in the van of the great controversy between the Northern and Southern States. We would have preferred that other States should have assumed the position we now occupy. Independent ourselves, we disclaim any design or desire to lead the counsels of the other Southern States. Providence has cast our lot together, by extending us an identity of pursuits, interests and institutions. South Carolina desires no destiny separated from yours. To be one of a great slaveholding confederacy, stretching its arm over a territory larger man any power in Europe possesses.—with a population four times greater than that of the whole United States, when they achieved their independence of the British Empire--with productions which make our existence more important to the world than that of any other people inhabiting it--with common institutions to defend and common dangers to encounter--we ask your sympathy and confederation.
Whilst constituting a portion of the United States, it has been your statesmanship which has guided it in its mighty strides to power and expansion. In the field, as in the Cabinet, you have led the way to its renown and grandeur. You have loved the Union, in whose service your great statesmen have labored, and pour great soldiers have fought and conquered—not for the material benefits it conferred, but with the faith of a generous and devoted chivalry. You have long lingered and hoped over the shattered remains of a broken Constitution. Compromise after compromise, formed by your concessions, has been trampled under foot by your Northern confederates. All fraternity of feeling between the North and the South Is lost, or has been converted Into hate; and we of the South are at last driven together by the stern destiny which controls the existence of nations.
Your bitter experience of the faithlessness and rapacity of your Northern confederates may have been necessary to evolve those great principles of free government, upon which the liberties of the world depend, and to prepare you for the grand mission of vindicating and re-establishing them. We rejoice that other nations should be satisfied with their institutions. Self-complacency is a great element or happiness with nations as with individuals. We are satisfied with ours. If they prefer a system of industry, in which capitol and labor are in perpetual conflict, and chronic starvation keeps down the natural increase of population, and a man is worked out in eight years, and the law ordains that children shall be worked only ten boon a day, and the saber and bayonet are the instruments of order, be it so.. it is their affair, not ours.
We prefer, however, oar system of industry, by which labor and capital are identified in interest, and capital, therefore, protects labor, by which our population doubles every twenty years; by which starvation is unknown, and abundance crowns the land; by which order is preserved by an unpaid police, and the most fertile regions of the world, where the Caucasians cannot labor, are brought into usefulness by the labor of the African, and the whole world is blessed by our own productions. All we demand of other people is to be let alone to work out our own high destinies. United together, and we must be the most independent, as we are the most important amongst the nations of the World. United together, and we inquire no other instrument to conquer peace than our beneficent productions. United together, and we must be a great, free and prosperous people, whose renown must spread throughout the civilized world, and past down, we trust, to the remotest ages. We ask you to join as in forming a Confederacy slaveholding States.