The President’s Message

December 5, 1862

After expressing a belief that “the President is not competent to write his own official papers.”, editorial comments focus on ” what the President submits as his method of bringing the rebellion to a close.”  ….His plan for compensated emancipation, gathers “astonishment at the folly and infatuation evinced in this plan for buying up Southern treason”…   “The President is demented – or else a veritable Rip Van Winkle, who, for the last thirty years, has been oblivious to everything going on in the country!..”

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