Great Speeches by Great Lawyers

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...should be taken as prisoners of war; and that has been communicated to the government, and no dissatisfaction expressed about it. And, gentlemen, I rest it, also, as to the recognition by our government, on the fact to which Mr. Sullivan so appropriately alluded: the exchange of flags of truce between the two contending forces, as proved by one of the ofiicers of the navy. A flag of truce sent to rebels--to men engaged in lawless insurrection, in treasonable hostility to the government, with a view to its overthrow! Why, gentlemen, it is the grandest, as it is the most characteristic, device by which humanity protects men against atrocities which they might otherwise perpetrate upon each other: that little white flag, showing itself like a speck of divine snow on the red and bloody field of battle; coming covered all over with divinity; coming in the hand of peace, who rejoices to see another place where her foot may rest; welcome as the dove which returned to the ark; coming, I say, in the hand of peace, who is the great conqueror, and before whom the power of armies and the bad ambitions and great struggles of men must ultimately be extinguished. This, of itself, will be regarded by mankind, when they refiect wisely, as sufiicient to show that our government must not be brutal; and we seek to rescue the administration from any imputation that it wants to deny to the South the common humanities which belong to warfare, by your refusing to let men be executed as pirates, or to make a distinction between him-who wars on the deep and him who wars upon the land. ' For an abstract of the documentary evidence, see Appendix, p. 725. It is very strange if the poor fellows who had no means of earning a meal of victuals in the city of Charleston, ...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 576g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236982827
  • 9781236982827