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Letter From Mr. Buchanan

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OCR Text MA)' 6, 1801, lo ün Bitton of Oh Hatliinal [uUUigencsi Genti.kmkn: In tho coufusion of the times I have not receivcd your tri-wcekly numbeïSfl')lf7 and 0,158, of April 27 and Apr'?l 30, I believe. As jours is the only paper of which I preserve a tile, I should foei greatly obliged f you wotrid Bend me tbew nttmWtS: Several items ia the IntèÜigencer have awakened ïny attention to the facility with which military gentlemen relieve themselves frorn their oaths and change their allegiance. A military oath has ever been held sacred in all ages and in all countries. Besides the soleiun sanctious of religión, tbere is suporadded the highcst appeul to personal honor. Kach military officer swears that he will beur true allegiance to the United State's, and serve thern honestly and faithfully against 11 their enemies and opposers whatsoever. They do not swear to support the Constitution of any State. Educated by the United States, thny belong to the Foderal Üovernment in a peculiar sense. Whilst I can imagine why an officer might resign ratlier than shcd tlie blood of citizons of his native State in war, yet it is diffieult to excuso or palliatc the next step, which is to go over to the enemy, and make war upon the timc-honored flag of the country. .Major Beaurogard, when lic discharged the first gun against Fort Sumpter, lighted a fíame which it will reijuire a long time to estinguish. The people of the North at present are enthu siaetically unanimous. They never were aroused until that shot was lired. I often warued Southern gentlemen that this would be thc inevitable result. I enjoy good health, and as tranquil a spirit as the evils iiupuuding over my country will permit. " Your friend, very respcctfullv.


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