WHERE GOVERNOR SEYMOUR GOT HIS "LESSONS."
A Western journal says :
•' In his Milwaukie speech Governor Seymour boasted of the lessons he had learned
of our ' forefathers.' The following will show what he must have studied :"
[From Horace Seymour's speeches at
Milwaukie and Chicago.]
Three years have rolled away. The
young men that responded to that call—
where are they ? More than five hundred
thousand of our brave soldiers now sleep in
their untimely graves. Look at the debt!
An immense debt ' Onr two millions of
men have been culled for since that time to
iiear anns in the struggle. Five hundred
rhousand more are to-day being called for.
The nation is crushed down with taxation,
wd the war not ended.
Our rights have been infringed upon.
The freedom of speech and of the press has
been denied us. The sacreduess of our
nomes has been impaired. * * *
* * * The guarantied right of the
people to bear arms has been suspended up
to the very borders oi Canada. * *
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Four years ago a convention met in this
city, when our country was peaceful, pros¬
perous, and happy. * * * *
Had wise statesmanship secured the
fruits of the victories, to-day there would
nave been peace in our land.
I will fight to the denth to preserve to you
.hese rishts that have been denied to us.
The Democratic party will put down des¬
potism, because it hates the ignoble tyr¬
anny which now degrades the American
people, * * * * * *
The results of the coming election in¬
volve the liberties of the country. * *
Greater questions, graver questions—
questions which come more directly home
ti> the hearts and interests of men—have
never been submitted to the people for their
Mothers and sisters are in trouble by the
family hcurth, and when there is trouble
thrre, there is no happiness in life. * *
Now is there no mode by which the peo¬
ple can be protected from these frightful
sacrifices and the Union.saved ?
I implore you, therefore, to turn again to
the wisdom of your forefathers. Turn again
toward the liehts of experience. * *
American servitude is put in bold con¬
trast with Britishliberty. * * *
We propose to elect to the Presidency a
.patriot, a soldier, and a Christian—G. B.
[From Benedict Arnold's proclamation to
the citizens and soldiers of the United
States, issued October 2, 1780.]
You are promised liberty by the leaders
of your affairs, but is there an individual in
the enjoyment of it save your oppressors ?
Who among you dare to speak or write what
he thinks against the tyranny which has rob¬
bed you of your property, imprisons your
sons, drags you to the field of battle, and is
daily deluging your country with blood ?
Our country once was happy, and hiwl
the proffered peace been embraced, the last
two years of misery would have been spent
in peace and plenty, and in repairing the
desolation of the quarrel, that would have
set the interests of Great Britain and Amer¬
ica in a true light and cemented their
I wish to lead a chosen band of Ameri¬
cans to the attainment of peace, liberty,
and safety—the first objects in taking the
What is America but a land of widows.
orphans, and beggars V.
But what need of argument to such as
feel infinitely more misery than tongue can
I give my promise of most affectionate
welcome to all who are disposed to join me
in measures necessary to close the scene
of our affliction, which must be increased
until we are content with the liberality of
the parent country, which still offers us
protection and perpetual exemption from all
taxes but such as we think fit to impose
upon ourselves. Benedict Arnold.