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has been spat on and kicked out and trodden under foot. I will say to the Senator from Indiana that the averment that he made that statement can be substantiated by as credible a witness as there is in this city at this time.
MR. VOORHEES. It is false, and even if the Senator said it it would be utterly false - just as false coming from the Senator as from the greatest liar ever in the country.
MR. INGALLS. If this were a police court the Senator from Indiana would be sent to the rockpile for being drunk and disorderly.
Sullivan, Ind., September 28, 1868. We, the undersigned citizens of Sullivan County, Indi. ana, were present at a public speaking held in Sullivan August 5, 1862, when Hon. D. W. Voorhees, said, speaking in reference to the Union soldiers, that they should go to the nearest blacksmith shop and have an iron collar made and placed around their necks, inscribed thereon in large letters, “My dog. A. Lincoln”, and at the same time he referred to the Union soldiers as Lincoln's dogs and hirelings. Valentine Hick.
I suppose those are reputable citizens of Indiana. They are not ashamed of their names or their residence. They give their home and their designation. The Senator from Indiana can settle the question of the truth or falsehood with them and not with me. And when the Senator from Indiana states that he has been endorsed by his own party, that all these accusations have been trod on and contumeliously spat upon by the people of Indiana, I say to him that that has only been done by the Democratic party of Indiana. We all know what business the Democratic party of Indiana were engaged in during the war. Seventy thousand of them were Knights of the Golden Circle, conspiring against this Union. They entered into combinations, as General Holt states in his report on that subject, for the pur
1. Aiding soldiers to desert, and harboring and protecting deserters.
2. Discouraging enlistment and resisting the draft. 3. Circulation of disloyal and treasonable publications.
4. Communication with, and giving intelligence to, the enemy.
5. Aiding the enemy by recruiting for them, or assisting them to recruit within our lines.
6. Furnishing the rebels with arms, ammunition, etc. 7. Co-operating with the enemy in raids and invasions. 8. Destruction of Government property.
Destruction of private property and persecution of loyal men. 10. Assassination and murder.
And it is susceptible of proof that they did conspire to murder Governor Morton, to overturn the State government and put it in the possession of the rebels; and this organization, to which the Senator from Indiana says he never belonged, had a ritual and organization of which 112 copies were found in his office in the office of the Senator from Indiana - at the time when Hancock was at the bloody angle. In that same office was found correspondence between the Senator from Indiana and a Senator from New Jersey for the purpose of furnishing arms, 20,000 stand of them, not to the National Government, for the Senator from Indiana was not in sympathy with that at that time; not to the State government of Indiana, because that was in other and loyal hands; but for the purpose, as may be imagined, of carrying out the objects and purposes of this organization.
I am aware that the Senator from Indiana states and has stated that although these papers were found in his office, it was not then occupied by him. He is entitled to the benefit of the doubt. He states that he had abandoned the practice of law and was not intending to resume it; but I have here a list of what was found in his office at the same time when these 112 copies of the ritual and rules of organization of the Knights of the Golden Circle were found there, and he never denied it. He afterwards said that there had been an unwarrantable search of his private papers. General Carrington is a wellknown man, and has stated publicly what was found in the office of the Senator from Indiana that did belong to him at the time when “these papers” were found.
The papers referred to are 112 copies of the ritual of the 0. A. K., a treasonable order, aiming to overturn the Government of the United States, of whose Congress you are a member.
Your law library and office furniture were in the office where “these papers” were found.
You had declined renomination for Congress and the office was not for rent as late as April, 1864.
The ritual had been issued in the autumn of 1863. Your Congressional documents were in the office where “these papers" were found.
Your speeches, up to March, of your entire Congressional career, with the “John Brown” speech, were in the office where “these papers were found. The correspondence of Senator Wall, of New Jersey, under his frank, indorsing a proposition to furnish you with 20,000 stand of Garibaldi rifles, just imported, "for which he could vouch”, was in the office where “these papers" were found.
The correspondence of C. L. Vallandigham,
from Windsor, Canada West, assuring you “our people will fight”, and that “he is ready”, and fixing a point on the “Lima road” at “which to meet you”, was in the office where “these papers” were found.
There is a little more historical information on that subject which I think may be valuable. In the rebel archives was found a letter from Mr. Clement C. Clay, dated Welland Hotel, St. Catherine's, July 11, 1864, addressed to Hon. Jacob Thompson, Montreal. Lest I may seem inaccurate I believe I will have the whole letter printed. I take an extract from it. It is full of confidential communications to Mr. Thompson as an agent of the rebel Confederacy, tells him what is being done by the Sons of Liberty and the Knights of the Golden Circle, advises methods for the purpose of releasing Confederate prisoners, and he says:
The only fear is, they will not be prepared for it, and will be surprised and stupefied without notice. You need not fear, as they are of the sworn brotherhood. Voorhees is to be here on Monday or Tuesday, and perhaps Ben Wood.
July 11, 1864, “Voorhees is to be here on Monday or Tuesday, and perhaps Ben Wood”. What was Voorhees "to be here" for in Canada to see C. C. Clay, and why was Jacob Thompson, of the Southern Confederacy, advised of it?