Address of His Excellency John A. Andrew

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W. White, printer, 1861 - Massachusetts - 48 pages
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Page 3 - The occasion demands action, and it shall not be delayed by speech. Nor do either the people or their representatives need or require to be stimulated by appeals or convinced by arguments. A grand era has dawned, inaugurated by the present great and critical exigency of the nation, through which it will providentially and...
Page 23 - ... enjoy their gratitude; and, though white the marble and tall the aspiring shaft which posterity will rear to record his fame, his proudest monument will be their affectionate memory of a life grand in the service of peace not less than of war, preserving in their hearts forever the name of Winfield Scott. Surrounded by universal sympathy and aid, it is beyond my power to bear separate testimony to the value and merits of the various gifts and services offered and performed in behalf of the State...
Page 19 - ... unspeakable importance of husbanding the time and industry of all the people of the Commonwealth. I exhort them therefore to cultivate their resources, to devote themselves with increased assiduity to all the useful pursuits and arts of peaceful skill and labor ; and especially to devote the utmost eifort to increase the agricultural products of the year.
Page 4 - It is the struggle of the people to vindicate their own rights, to retain and invigorate the institutions of their fathers, — the majestic effort of a National Government to vindicate its power and execute its functions for the welfare and happiness of the whole; and therefore, while I do not forget, I will not name to-day that "subtle poison" which has lurked always in our national system.
Page 23 - I record the grand and sublime uprising of the people, devoting themselves, their lives, their all! No creative art has ever woven into song a story more tender in its pathos or more stirring to the martial blood than the scenes just enacted, passing before our eyes in the villages and towns of our own dear old Commonwealth.
Page 16 - Executive to meet the emergencies of the occasion on a distinctly legal foundation, my other principal purpose in convening the General Court was to ask its attention. to the subject of a State Encampment for Military Instruction. Wise statesmanship requires an adequate anticipation of all future wants of the controversy, whether as to the number or quality of the military force, its discipline, instruction, arms, or equipment. At this moment there exist one hundred and twenty-nine companies newly...
Page 7 - He had received a telegram for troops from Washington on Monday, April 15 ; at nine o'clock the next Sunday he said : *' All the regiments demanded from Massachusetts are already either in Washington, or in Fortress Monroe, or on their way to the defence of the Capitol." " The only question which I can entertain,'* he said, " is what to do ; and when that question is answered, the other is, what next to do.
Page 19 - I trust that the present experience will inaugurate a return to the only system capable of guarding a State against surprise, and preserving it from ultimate disaster,—I mean the arming and training of the whole Militia. Devoted in heart to the interests of Peace, painfully alive to the calamities and sorrows of War, I cannot fail to see how plainly the rights and liberties of a people repose upon their own capacity to main.tain them. I recommend the...
Page 5 - I remember also at this moment, that even in the midst of rank and towering; rebellion, under the very shadow of its torch and axe, there are silent but loyal multitudes of citizens of the South who wait for the national power to be revealed and its protecting flag unfurled for their own deliverance. The guns pointed at Fort Sumter on the...
Page 15 - has carried a full cargo of arms, men, and supplies, in ample quantities, not only to Fortress Monroe, but up the Potomac itself ; and, in spite of the danger supposed to menace her from its banks, she has safely carried tents, stores, provisions, and clothing to our troops at Washington. Besides making the requisite appropriations to meet these and other expenses, and adopting measures to establish the power of the Executive to meet the emergencies of the occasion on a distinctly legal foundation,...

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