1862: “Gradual Abolishment Of Slavery”

1862_-in-their-words

March 6, 1862

Fellow-citizens of the Senate, and House of Representatives,

I recommend the adoption of a Join Resolution by your honorable bodies which shall be substantially as follows:

“Resolved that the United States ought to co-operate with any state which may adopt gradual abolishment of slavery, giving to such state pecuniary aid, to be used by such state in it’s discretion, to compensate for the inconveniences public and private, produced by such change of system.” Continue reading

1861: “Modify That Paragraph So As To Conform”

Gazette665 Blog Series 1861: In Their Words

Washington D.C. Sept. 2, 1861.

Private and confidential.

Major General Fremont:

My dear Sir: Two points in your proclamation of August 30th give me some anxiety. First should you shoot a man, according to the proclamation the Confederates would very certainly shoot our best man in their hands in retailiation; and so, man for man, indefinitely. It is therefore my order that you allow no man to be shot, under the proclamation, without first having my approbation or consent. Continue reading