slavery, is an absurdity which would be only taking the effect
and leaving the cause. It would be as possible to obliterate
every feeling of independence and freedom from the people of the
North, as to make a loyal people in the South, leaving the institution
of slavery undisturbed. You cannot render nugatory its effects
by any teachings, compromises, or by and principles of mental
science. As well make a mocking-bird out of a moccasin snake,
or make the substance of opposite affinities unite.
From this arises the wisdom of the Emancipation Proclamation,
which was the key that turned all our efforts into success, and
opened the doors of victory and complete success to our arms.