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Position Of Hon. J. J. Crittenden

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We eopy the foilowing from the Lexingto'n Ubservcr Reporter of the 12th : - " The first great object which ho ardently desired was that tliis war should bo put BO end to ; that the longcr it continued, aud the nioi$ devastating it bccanie, the more difficult would Le ils solution; and to the end of pacrffèation and a restoration of the kindly feelings which oneo prevailcd among the happy aud prosperous people ot a coumion govurnment wouiil bia whole energiès be devoted, if it should be the pleaattre of the people to oonfer upon mm tho responsible trust of representing them. To a war of subjugation ho v;is opposed, aud while he was satisfied that tho gbvêrnment dij nothing more than its duty in the preparations it liad made to defeud the national capital, yet Ii3 would be preparod at any moment, to loiid a helpiug hand to arrest the further progrese of tuis uunatural conflict. - Mr. JLaueoln, he deelared, was not tho President of Jus scleotion ; and ho was neither reapousible for, nor prepared to sustaiu, the policy of that fuuetiouary. - Lincoln, however, was not the gov eminent, although charged, for the time, with its administrativa functions; aud, whilehc repudiated all allegianee to hiin or his ercod, hc was, as he had always prjfesáad to bo, loyal to the constitution of his country, under which the nation [,,"vd becu so urospcrou?, the poople so free and happy, and tho blcssiugs of ffhicb are pvieloss and innumerable " Air. Crittendcn declareJ that, in his judgnient cvery nieans should b'Jresorted to restore tho Messing of peace, to preserve tho Union, and to haud down uuinipaired the noble institutions which havo come down to us hallowed by tho sanction of our rovolutionary fathers. To that end, he declured, Brit, that t'ie southurn States should present to;Congress, when it meets, a fair statement of the griet'ancos under wbich thcy labor; and wheu preseuted, tho Gongress of the United States should promptly grant tho full measure of rodress for thosc grievancos ; and that, if Congress should not do to, he would not voto ono dollar to the prosecution of the war. In the next placo, if the South should fail to present thcir gricvancos, with a view to adjttstment, then that tho North should promptly concede such assurancea of rcdress and seeurity as wero just to t'uc South; and that, besides these, all other possiblo moans slioiild bo omploved that would have the offoct of maiiitaiuing the Union, preserving the governmont, aud putting a poriod to tho unnatural war in whioh the country is involved. Jn the evout that all the means cmgloycd for this patriotic and noble purpn::.: iho'tttd fail, and the war should still i-u;e on, then lie was of tlíe opinión that Keutucky, poising herself upon her proud position of nou trality, should sunnnon all hor Judgmcnt aijd roason, and dLsoarding all pagsion and projudico, should decido for herseli what position she should assumc. líe dedcelnred that Tiiíiii'iciit atito lln-day is! tho ovil thcroot',' and tlial, wh'lo he was' not now, undcr tho conti nnally sliifting ncenes of the political drama, preparcd to say what positiou Keutucky siiould oecupy in the contir.geucy montioncd, ho would bo prcparcd, as a nutivc aad loyal son of Koiitucky, to follow bcr dcst'1113', bc it what it might."


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