LOYAL PUBLICATION SOCIETY.
JVb. 64.—Part 4,
LETTERS OF LOYAL SOLDIERS.
LETTER OF GENERAL DIX,
His Opinion of the Chicago Platform.
The following letter, from General Dix, was addressed to the
Committee of the Union mass meeting, held in Independence
square, in Philadelphia, on Saturday:
" New York, October 6, 1864.
" Gentlemen : I have received your invitation to address the
mass meeting to be held in Independence Square, on Saturday.
The duties incident to the active command of a military de¬
partment render it impossible for me to attend public meetings,
or make political speeches ; but I accede with pleasure to your
request to write you a letter.
" There is but one question before this country in the ap¬
proaching canvass. Shall we prosecute the war with unabated
vigor until the rebel forces lay down their arms; or shall we,
to use the language of the Chicago Convention, make ' imme¬
diate efforts' for ' a cessation of hostilities,' with a view to an
ultimate convention of all the States, &c.
"Believing that the latter measure, for whatever purpose
adopted, would lead inevitably to a recognition of the indepen¬
dence of the insurgent States; and believing, moreover, that
true policy, as well as true mercy, always demands, in the un¬
happy exigencies of war, a steady and unwavering application of
all the means and all the energies at command, until the object
of the war is accomplished, I shall oppose the measure in every
form in which opposition is likely to be effective.
"General McClellan, the candidate of the Chicago Convention,
by force of his position, must be deemed to approve all the de¬
clarations with which he was presented to the country, unless he
distinctly disavows them. Unfortunately he is silent on the only
question in regard to which the people cared he should
speak. He does not say whether he is in favor of a cessation
of hostilities—the measure announced by those who nominated