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Let Us Have Peace

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Day
28
Month
July
Year
1876
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Public Domain
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thé Senator frofíi indiana, In hi animadversión upou tfhat ï aubmitted to tlie öenate this moraiufj, hád goue iulo tlie facts and mado argumenta tO fllspró+e the points which I made. I egret cxeeedingly tliaf He Bflw flt to pnraue a ineof argument' which scems to be tíommon ith him on all occasion. He make? an ad omineni argument. He saya I livCd in one of ie Boutheru Statea duriug the war, snd thai I articipated in, nd was committed to, thatwar, id ata rcsjfonaible Ui sOBie Bieanure for all ita rroiei na ihêü he goóa on in, a long speech Ecluiáing agïlDt tfte waf, and its doiolations ud crimes, and the catiticí tbítí géptá trae to lt, lo. I submit to the Senate and couiitry ihast tnat 8 not the way to answor argument. Ho séema 0 know and fecl tliat it pnta gentlemen in my Kmition at a diBadvantage when he can cite je Tai' on ua. Jf Ue had been where I was, I uspect )ia record would liavo been very difefetlt froto Kriiat it ia. I deplored the war ; I did all that 1 cotiW to ateft lt i and when it amo, acairtat ffly judgmeni ttnd againat my viahes,,! went tñtii my Stato, iny pêople and kindred. I di(J uil tbrit I could to ttiitigate lts ïoirori. I aided in inaintaining la nd order ill tlie peoplo made the grand atröggle which resultod aö diaaetrousij'. Binoe the war X have doue all in nl fceblo p'owei' to restore the Onión, to restore good-wïll Snd foeJing between the people of the North and the peoplá Of the South, I dosire to see tlie Union reatored, not in name, but n ep'rit. J have uo war to make upon tlie Norlhern peopie. ï regret thatthere are auy Northern gentlemen who are ünf riendly to tho Southern people. I wih that the apirit of antipainy, dialike, and hate could be blotted out forever, and that we could aoe nothing but a natlonal pirit overvwhero aa cordial aa it waa at an)? period ninoe tho beginning of tho Government: I have &a interest in the Ü aion. My anceators helped to eHtablidh it üy theii blood and BUiih treaauro aa theyhad. I am attachod to tho TJnion. I expect to stand by it, to live in it. and to die in it. Ihope to live to aee a cordial etato of foeling provail from the lakes on the north to tU Guif on the south, and from the Atlantic cüiust to tlie Pacific, when we ahall be oue people iu name and oue people in apirit. No good comea of talking and declaiming about the dead past. Why 8hould the Senatowant alwaya to array tbe Northern people against the Southern people, and why ahould any unpatriotic Southern man want to array tha Soilthefn people against the Nortücrn people ? I can aee no jnst or patriotic reaaon for auch a courae of action hëre of elsewhere. 1 have no gusliinc; profeeaiona of admiration o: love to make. We know that we bave pasaei througli a terrible civil war- one that product tragic and a,wful resulte. I wiah that the ttonld b forsotten. but now that the war is over ■ Mr. Harvey - Wül the Senator irOm Nol tb Carolina permit me to aak him whether in his speech thia morning ho did not arraign th Kepublicin party for preserving the countrj by f orce ? Mr. Morrimon - I did not do any such tbing Mr. Harvey- I thiuls that the Record wil Bhow (t. Mr. Merrifnon- There is the Mecord. There it will stand. I think it ie rither diecourteoua fOr a Sona tor, when lie Bees anotner pura Jing a parucular line of argument, to undertako to divert him f rom it by queations which can scarcely be called pertinent. I want to seo tlus Union reütored. It beiougs to me in part. As I aaid a moment ago, my aneestom Jjelpod to establiah it. I am hore and I mcmi to sta; here. Ihave no quarrcl with the Northern pcoplü or witli the Northern aoldiery who maintained the Union. I havo o quarrel to make with them. I feel thia day that I havo an interest in the army as mnch au tho honorable Senator from Illinoi (Air. Logan), or the Sauator from New York (Mr. Coiikling). It ia my army, and expeet to maintain and defend it wherever shall be necessary to do so. I expeet to main tain and defend the honor of this country, no o 1 1 1 y liere, bat on every place on the eart whore I shall bave occasion to go. I think it is unpatriotie and wrong to be f o# ever waving the war, with ita tragic eventei, ii aorrows and dosolations, in the face of South ern men who havo coine here in pnrsuance o tho action of the Hepublioaa party itself. think it is ucgenerous in any Senator or an one to want to see Southern gentlemen com here and f all down and worship a party inatca' of honoring and defeoding their country, do not inteud to do that tbiDg. Whileï am here I intend to stand here haring and exercia ing eqnal righta with any Senator on thia floo and hen 1 cannot havo and txercise them will go out of tlie Senate. I flay furthermor that if I and gentleman situated like myse are not to be permitted to speak hero freely, wo hi'e not to be allowed to diecusa econom (jucüticns here, al' questions of logislation, tb sooner the majority turn us out and let th vmrhl lmow it the bettor. Let them do it, an aee if the American peopie will indorae it. do uot believe tbat the peoplo ot this countr expeet or deairo any such state of things. I aaid a moment ago that I had no gnshin prDfeïisions to make with respect to the North ern peopie and tho Northern soldiery. I re apoet the wliolo peopie. I have high respec for them as a veople. I honor them for tho eourage, I honor them for their energy, I hono thom íor their perseverance, I honor them fo all tilinga fliat constitute a great and nobl poople. I have profound respect for then So have the Sonthern peopie, and so, I believe the great rua?H oí Notthorn ieople have fo Southern people. I shall not make any auc falso pretensión)} aa to aay that I love and ac mire nuy portion of the Northern people be cause tliey happened to kill some of my peopl or holped to ÜBaolato my country. That woul De unmuurai ana raise. n i near a ooiunor man Hay that. lio does, I hear him say what i uimatural and falne. I do uot bolieve )iim. ] I hear a Northern rúan mako eucli professions I hoar him say what ia uunatural and falso anc I do not bolievo him. But it ia per fectly natural and proper for men who hav been onemies to havo profotind respect fo each other. So it i between the Norther soldíery and the Sduthefn soldiery. So it i between the natriotíc Southern man and th patriotic Northern man. l'atriotic men at th North and patriotic omen at the North hav respect for patriotic men and women at th South, and so patriotio men and woiuen at th Strath have ali proper reBpect for the Norther people. They oau Uve together as one people ti i ey can restore tho Union ; they can restor its cordiality, they can restore ita integrity they can restore its proeperity ; and out of th desolations aud boitows of the paat they mi vet draw a meaeure of comfort, and togetlic they may incitase the power and glory of ou common country to a degreo that no one ha vet ever dreamed of. I trust in God that Uia aay ie not very distant. Therefore I eay it is nngenorous and unjust it sóf ms to me, and I do not mean to be offen Bive, oo the part of the Senator from Indiana, whenover he engagea in a debato with eom Senator froui tho South, to braudish the war a him forthwith as thottgh tbat proved anythiug. I admit that there was crime during the war. Who ever expected a civil war without erimo, crime on one ide and crime on the othor side, crime i that good meu deplored and connotnned ? I know crimes ware enmi'ütted in tho South at Nvhich I ttood horrifiedand shuddered. I have no doubt that Sotiators on the otïicr side know of crimes perpetratod on the ido of the North at wliirli tUoy stood horriiied snd shuddered. Aro tlio good people of this land in the North i-r in tho SonSh to bo rcuponuible for that? They deploro it. I deplore it, umi every gooil pan deplores it ; but let tho dead past bury its dead. Lot us forget the past as nearly as we can, oniy pronting by the HtBTOws and "desolatiojjrt üiat Uapponod to us. Lot usgo forward tu restore tho Union, to wake the most we eau out of our lot fortunes. Let th-3 pulriotic Northern 'inen oomo nnd help us to revive our impaired and niined fortunes ft) tho South and help to build us up. I bolievo tliat is the truo policy. When that policy cohios to provail. as I tnist it iill beforo a great while, you will fiud mou of liitlo souls who have mauagcd by ono meana or auothor to get into place go out of place, and go out of tho sight of a patriotie people to be heard oí no moro.

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