After the Refusal of the United States Senate to admit South Carolina Senators, 1866.
To the Editors of the National Intelligencer:
My credentials as United States senator from the State of South Carolina were presented the other day to the Senate by the Hon. Reverdy Johnson, of Maryland, and laid on the table. It is not likely that any representative from South Carolina will be heard in either House for some time to come. In the meantime questions of' vital importance to her interests, honor and welfare will be before the Senate. I therefore ask permission of you to say a word, through your paper, in behalf of the State which I was elected to represent. But first, Mr. Editors, let me say a word in reference to myself, so that my true position toward the State may be known, and what I say in her behalf properly judged of. My whole political life, for more than the third of a century past has been spent in defence of the maintenance of the Federal Union and in opposing the popular doctrines of nullification, secession and disunion in my native State. No man in America regretted more deeply than I did the fatal secession of South Carolina in 1860. I had been brought up from my childhood in the school of Washington's Farewell Address, and I believed, most religiously, all the great truths therein set forth. The terrible consequences of disunion were ever present in my mind, and I never ceased to warn my fellow-citizens of them. I remember telling them that their secession would prove the death-knell of slavery, the establishment of a military