April 30 1862 - Must come out.
Must Come Out.
The Mail thinks that we must come out for or against the schemes of the Abolitionists.—
When the Mail has the manliness to come out for or against the schemes of the rebels, it may with some show of consistency venture to suggest a course of conduct to us in regard to the former. But at present we hold all sectional questions in subordination to the great national one of a suppression of the insurrection and a restoration of the Union. The Mail’s friends in the South selfishly and meanly imperiled the institution of slavery in the Border States, and at the proper time, therefore, we shall advocate such a policy in reference to that institution as we may conceive to be best adapted to the interests of our own people, without regard to the views of dangerous men in either section of our distracted country. Before the attempt was made to subvert the Federal Government an able-bodied slave was valued at from one thousand to twelve hundred dollars in Maryland. What is he worth now ? or what will he be worth a year hence? When this and other questions connected with the subject come fairly before the people of our State, they must meet them in justice to the slave-holders themselves, not as the partizans of blood-thirsty revolutionists nor fanatical Abolitionists’, but as discreet, conservative loyal citizens, whose sole object is to do justice to each other, and promote the general welfare of State and Nation. Whatever may be the future destiny of slavery in Maryland, we cannot listen to the advice nor be governed by the counsels of those who have either assisted in or approved of the rebellion, for of all men they have dealt the institution the hardest blow. As truthfully said in the following article from the Kent News, which is printed in the midst of a slave- holding community,
“ The border States, which leaped into the ranks of disunion, have been completely scourged and desolated, and the lives of many of their most valued citizens have been sacrificed, whilst our whole country is about being burdened with taxation to an enormous extent. Congress, we fear, is under the control of the radicals, placed there by the withdrawal of Southern senators and representatives—thus giving the former the majority. The seceding States, in their dishonest repudiation of lawful debts due Northern citizens, as well as by unjustifiable confiscation of the property of conservative Northern men have aroused a thousand enemies to slavery in the North where it had but one-before, and abolitionists are taking advantage of this feeling and attempting to press their infernal schemes through Congress. Such are the results of secession, and to it we are indebted for all the evils we now have upon us, as well as all that we are likely to endure. But for secession we should have yet been peaceful and prosperous. To it we trace all the evils we are now laboring under, and on the heads of the secessionists of Maryland, equally with those of their South Carolina leaders, must rest all the responsibility of high taxes, depreciation of property, and abolition of slavery. They have done more injury to the institution of slavery, in the last twelve months, than the crazy fanatics of the North could have done in one hundred years to come.”
Herald of Freedom & Torch Light
Washington County Free Library
Hagerstown (Md.), Newspapers; Maryland, History, Civil War, 1861-1865
Washington County (Md.), 1861-1865