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The Cabinet On The Proclamation

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Washington, Scpt. 20. The posiüon of the vaiious membera of tho Cubinet on Iho Preeident's emancipation poliey during the tiine it vvus he subject oí Cnbinet discussion muy )e acóurafely staled, and on a subjtct f such momenlous interest, the information is duo to the public. Proni ihe uiaet Secretury Chase luis been tho ecognized leader in urging emanciparon, and vvhe'n the matter was at varióos times under discussion, ho was nivays its advocute. Secretary Wfelles avored emanciuaüon and va speciallv energritia in urging il un. Ho reully ía n urging any point in p'n'Blic polioy outside oí' liisovvn dupartment. öecretary Stauton, if not originally active in favor of emuncipation by the present method, was at last not oppostd to it, wliile he was alvvays outspokèn in ('e claring his readiness f strike slavery under the war power, wherever nul wlienever it coujd be reachöd I'ost inaster General Blair was thr9iighout tho most deterrnined and even bitter opponent of the cmnriüipation poliey, and when the substance of ihü p;cic,:amation was made known to the Cabinot, was perhaps more outspokeu than any of the irnTTibers, in prolestihg against its adoptinn. Not le-s detennined, thouíftí perhaps more cautiou.-: in hid protest, was Sucretary Sevvnrd. It may be salely said thttt he was the great leader in the Cabinet in opposition to any poliey ot emancipatiou repembling that whih the Preskbnt finally udoptei], Secrtítárv tíewnrd, Seoretnry Sniith, and At torn ey Srnefnl JUates occ.upied about tho samo rrotind on the subject. They opposed the pro elamation not beeause they wero aver.-o :o the ubolition nf sUvyry, hut bewiiiaq thoy bo iiivod it would be'as éertainl'y accornpli.-ilied by Uio legïtïrrïfttb ngress of the waf vvi'.hout the Btep ih -Pretiidüiit has taken in n-ijard ti it, whüe thoy beliuve thut abstaining from ihü iriifhiina!inn would save troubie in the border States and av"id jiossiblo fiompÜeations at the Norih Jn sliovt ihüy believed piimaiilv in pi;sliinï the war as vg.-rrMis!y a possiliíe, and have no doubt that the necwsnry iu.-ult. would bo the destruoiion of slavery. ia tho progresa o thu war - Seoretnry Bftnth very stronuouslv, j.ttor:'.cy Gc;ioral Bates vvith less persintoncv, Lifii:"]]. as usual, when hts hos made un his iijind, took tho matter in bis mvu hands, without miu;h deferenco to ihe views oi' his Cabinet officers, and ewn Ai the last, wiih Y te f anv consiiltatioq.


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