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with the respects of

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SECESSION

RESISTED.

PHILADELPHIA:

KING & BAIRD, No. 607 SANSOM STREET.

1861.

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SECESSION has been made the subject of discussion between persons residing in opposite parts of the country, as presenting a question of right or wrong. Among those who are desirous of maintaining unimpaired the public good, there is believed to be no doubt of its being the parent of mischief, and the companion of treason. They on the other hand who attempt to justify or excuse it are principally engaged in open rebellion. It is scarcely probable that further argument would produce a change of sentiment where from such causes it is entertained on the one side or the other, and we dwell for a moment only on the abstract question. A difference so serious, now fixed with seeming firmness in practical hostility, is connected with a broader conflict of construction, which in mere theory has done no great harm. The advocates of secession say that the Constitution was formed by States, to which they impute a sovereign capacity; and that the government of which it is the supreme law, is not a government of the people. Unless they can establish these doctrines, they have little ground for claiming a right to secede, and they

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