REASONS FOR THANKSGIVING.
light. That you may see that my language is no
stronger than facts justify, let me turn you for a moment,
to evidence furnished by a leading man of themselves.
Mr. Stephens, since made the Vice-President of the
Southern Confederacy, warned the Georgia Convention,
called to consider the propriety of seceding, of the folly
and wickedness of any such suicidal act. "Pause, I en¬
treat you," his very words are, "and think for a moment
what reasons you can give that will satisfy yourselves,
in calmer times, or what reasons you can give to your
fellow-sufferers, for the calamities which secession will
surely bring upon us! What cause or overt act can you
name or point to, on which to rest the plea of justification?
What right of ours has the North assailed f What interest
of the South has it invaded 1 What justice has been de¬
nied us ? What claim, founded in right, has ever been
withheld! Can any of you to-day, name one act,
deliberately and purposely done by the government at
Washington, of which the South has the right to com¬
plain? I challenge the answer. Now, to attempt to
overthrow such a government, under which we have
lived for three-quarters of a century, and gained our
wealth and standing as a nation, is a height of madness,
folly, and wickedness, to which I can neither lend my
sanction nor my vote." Remember this, my friends, when
you hear men, northern born, and northern bred, excus¬
ing the rebels as an oppressed and injured people, bereft
of their rights.
No, it is not true, and no sophistry can make it appear