A Patriotic Letter from General Sickles.
General Sickles, who in other times was one of the foremost
of the democratic leaders in this city, has written the following
letter, which will, no doubt, cause the McClellan and Pendleton
men to denounce him, as they did General Logan lately, as " an
New York, Sept. 29, 1864.
" Dear SiR: Your inquiry made on behalf of several mem¬
bers of the Union Congressional Convention for the Ninth Dis¬
trict, whether I would accept a nomination for Congress, has
received the respectful attention due to the patriotic source from
which the suggestion emanated. In declining the use of my
name as a candidate for this high trust, I only adhere to a reso-
lotion formed when I entered the military service, to retire alto¬
gether from politics while holding a commission in the army.
This determination, with other considerations, had already con¬
strained me, during the present canvass, to decline a similar
request made by a number of my old and esteemed constituents
in the Fourth District, who desired to present my name to the
Democratic Convention. I yield to no citizen or soldier in my
solicitude for the honorable termination of the war. The war
was deliberately begun by the rebels, and is persistently waged by
them to divide and conquer the Union. It is not so strange that
our enemies should find allies among European antagonists of
free institutions, but it will never cease to be a matter of humili¬
ation and wonder that our own people could be seriously divided
upon the question of submission or resistance. Let who will be
for submission, I am for resistance as long as we have a battalion
and a battle-field left.
"Until the Constitution and laws are vindicated in their
supremacy throughout the land, the government should be con¬
fided to no hands that will hesitate to employ all the power of
the nation to put down rebellion. The resources of the insur¬
gents are already so far exhausted that they will give up the
struggle as soon as a majority of the people at the ballot-box,
seconding the martial summons of Farragnt and Grant, demand
the unconditional surrender of the enemy.
" Peace so won, through the noble aspirations of the people,
will exalt the national character, and challenge the homage of
all who honor patriotism and valor. Peace imposed upou us by
an audacious and arrogant foe, who would owe his triumph, not
to the superiority of his arms, but to a degenerate population,
unworthy of their lineage and forgetful of their traditions, could
only last until the contempt of mankind evoked from our shame
enough manhood to renew the struggle.
" Very respectfully,
" DANIEL E. SICKLES, Major-General.
" Homer Franklin, Esq."