LOYAL PUBLICATION SOCIETY,
REBELLION, SLAVERY, AND PEACE.
BY HON. N. G. UPHAM.
Friends and Fellow-Citizens :
I wish to say a few words by way of preface to the remarks
I propose to make on this occasion. There are various mat¬
ters involved in the controversy in which we are now engaged,
requiring the examination and candid consideration of every
intelligent mind. In the midst of times of excitement like
the present, it is difficult to gain such consideration, but it is>
notwithstanding, the basis of all consistent, reliable action.
I shall attempt, therefore, to persuade your judgment in any¬
thing I may say, rather than arouse your feelings by impas¬
I propose to address you on the subject of Rebellion, Sla¬
very and Peace, in their mutual bearings and relations to
each other, and so far as a right understanding of those re¬
lations may affect our destiny and duty as a people.
Rebellion is armed opposition against the government of a
country to which one owes allegiance. Such opposition is
necessarily vested in the control of some leader, committee of
safety, directory, or other mode of rule extemporized or adopt¬
ed for the occasion. The rebellion may extend throughout
the limits of a city, a county, or a state, and the ordinary
government of such organizations be perverted into agencies
to carry on and maintain 'uch rebellion. But whether it as-