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. . . It must pass into history that the Southern People withdrew themselves from this Union unwilling longer to live with a people continually agitating & harping on the sin of slavery. . . Abe Lincoln declaring. . . “A House divided against itself cannot stand, that the Union could not continue half slave, half free” . . . In less than 3 months from the time he took his seat he userped pow- ers no former President dared exercise. Let History give impartial record of the Revolution & the South must stand justified before the world.
Robert H. Cartmell Diary