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Captain Godwyn. It must be a very important paper that you will give so much to have made public. What is it?
Mr. Botts. I presume you know what it is you are in search of, but if not you shall know. It is the secret history of this rebellion for thirty years before it broke out.
Captain Godwyn. Why are you so anxious to have it published ?
“Because," replied Mr. Botts, rising from his seat and advancing toward the captain, at the same time shaking bis huge fist within a few inches of his face, and speaking with great vehemence in voice and manner, "be. cause, by Heaven, sir, if the people could read it and learn the truth, it would lead to a revolution within a revolution in which I could take active part !"
Upon this the committee rose, and the captain departed to report progress and ask leave to sit again.
During Mr. Botts's imprisonment, the French minister, Count Mercier, visited Richmond, and expressed to the friends of Mr. Botts great anxiety to see him and converse with him on the subject of the war, as he had great reliance on bis views. But this he was not permitted to do. From this fact it may be justly inferred that the French consul had previously communicated some of Mr. Botts's views upon this subject to the embassador at Washington; at all events, a copy of the letter was placed in Count Mercier's hands during his visit to Richmond, and that the document made an important impression in that quarter is not at all improbable.
Suffice it to say, in conclusion, that the lucid explanations made; the statesmanlike views expressed; the startling facts presented; the hidden plots disclosed; and the vital importance of the subject altogether, certainly makes this secret history of the rebellion one of the most valuable and interesting contributions to American historical literature ever presented to the public.
SECESSION ODIOUS IN THE SOUTII PRIOR TO 1832.—The Richmond En-
quirer of that Year on Secession.—The Editor condemns the Doctrine,
AN ARGUMENT AGAINST DISUNION.—Extract from a Speech of Mr. Botts
in 1860.—The Union perpetual.— The Demon of Democracy at work,
great Speech on the Force Bill.—The Tergiversation of Mr. Rives,
SECESSION NOT KILLED.— The Tariff Question laid aside, and that of
Slavery taken up as the Lever of Agitation.— The Operation of “firing
THE Wilmot Proviso.—The Return of Mr. Clay to the United States
Senate.—The Compromise Measures of 1850 a severe Blow to the
SECESSIONISTS BECOME FILIBUSTERS.—The Expedition to Cuba.- Par-
tial Revival of the African Slave-trade.—The Nicaraguan War.-Lo-
“Primary Meetings” of the Secessionists.—The Richmond Examiner
THE DEMOCRACY TO RULE, OR DISUNION TO FOLLOW.-Rebellion to have
been Inaugurated in 1856 if Fremont had been Elected.-Buchanan's