Washington (DC) National Era, “A Mistake,” August 13, 1857

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    “A Mistake,” Washington (DC) National Era, August 13, 1857, p. 131: 1.
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    Richmond (VA) Whig
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    A Mistake
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    Meghan Fralinger, Dickinson College
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    A MISTAKE. - The Washington States quotes the following somewhat remarkable paragraphs from the Richmond Whig:

    “But, as we have said, when the admission of Kansas shall practically conclude the whole controversy on the vexed subject of Slavery, neither we nor any Southern man could then have the slightest hesitation in co-operating with any man or set of men at the North, upon a platform made up of other issues and new measures. For example, in the matter of a distribution of the public lands among all the States, would we not be justified in standing shoulder to shoulder with anybody-even with those who may have been known heretofore as the rankest and uncompromising of Black Republicans? We surely would; and so in regard to any other measures or principle, which has no necessary or legitimate connection with any projects or designs against the constitutional rights of the South.

    “The question of Slavery in the Territories being out of view in the canvass of 1860, and consequently all merely sectional parties disbanded and dissolved, we hold ourselves in readiness to support the great Opposition party which shall than be organized, in compact and solid array, against the Democracy. And with a thorough and complete organization of all the elements opposed to Democracy, that motley and miscellaneous, that hypocritical and dangerous spoils-loving concern called the National Democracy, will encounter a defeat compared with which the signal overthrow of 1810 was scarcely a circumstance.”

    The States seem to think that this language signifies a future alliance between the enemies of the Administration in the South and the great Republican party in the North, and, as if to frighten its Richmond contemporary, professed to quote some startling opinions of “Black Republican” leaders. Among them are mentioned Rev. Mr. Fess, Abby Kelly Foster, Mr. Garrison, and Wendell Phillips-persons who are to more members of the Republican party than in Major Heiss of the States.

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