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The correspondence of Joseph Ristine, auditor of state, declaring that “he would like to see all Democrats unite in a bold and open resistance to all attempts to keep ours a united people by force of steel"; and that “this was a war against Democracy, and our only hope was a successful resistance of the South”, was in the office“where these papers" were found.
The correspondence of E. C. Hibben, who assures you that “the Democracy are fast stiffening up when this war is to be openly declared as being waged for the purpose of freeing the negro”, “which will arouse another section of the country to arms", and declaring "that Lincoln bayonets are shouldered for cold blooded murder", was in the office where these papers" were found.
The correspondence of J. Hardesty, who wants you to have that one hundred thousand men ready, as we do not know how soon we may need them”, was in the office where “this Ritual” was found.
And I have the letter of Hardesty here in which he calls on the Senator from Indiana to have the one hundred thousand men in readiness. There is a curious explanation about that letter, which is that when the Senator from Indiana, just previous to the breaking out of the war, was in
Virginia making addresses in favor of slavery and secession, he made a speech at a serenade or on a public occasion in which he said that if any attempt was made to coerce the South one hundred thousand Democrats in Indiana would come down to resist the effort. My informant says that they did come, but their guns were pointed the wrong way.
The correspondence of J. J. Bingham, who asks you “if you think the South has resources enough to keep the Union forces at bay”, and says that “you must have sources of information which he has not” was in the office where “these papers were found.
The correspondence of John G. Davis informing you that a certain New York Journal “is wonderfully exercised about the secret anti-war movements” and “tremble in their boots in view of the terrible reaction which is sure to await them” was in the office where “these papers” were found.
The correspondence of U. S. Walker, who "keeps out of the way", because they are trying to arrest him for officiating in secret societies, inclosing the oath of the K. G. C's prior to that of the 0. A. K, was in the office where “these papers” were found.
The petition of C. L. Vallandigham, D. W.
Voorhees, and Benjamin Wood in favor of two republics and a United South was in the office where these papers" were found.
The correspondence of Campbell, E. Etheridge, George H. Pendleton, J. E. McDonald, W. B. Hanna, and others, Mr. Carrington says, are some of the “circumstances” that led me to believe that "these papers" the ritual of the 0. A. K., were found in your office.
I looked upon these circumstances as a plain juror might be supposed to do, and not as a statesman, and innocently supposed that such papers as these, if spared from the fire, would be in possession of the owner, and that the office of the owner would be the place where “these papers" would be found.
And yet, with Colonel Thompson, I cheerfully accepted your denial, and so respond as you request “that the people may know the truth”.
The Senator from Indiana in response to this wrote a letter three columns long that was published in the Democratic papers and printed in the Richmond Enquirer in Virginia, with praise of the Senator from Indiana.
A letter from J. Hardesty, of Harrisonburgh, Va., to his nephew, Daniel W. Voorhees, dated Harrisonburgh, December 17, 1862. Addressed
My Dear Nephew: We want you to hold that 100,000 men in readiness, as we do not know how soon we may want them.
J. Hardesty. Addressed on envelope:
Hon. Daniel W. Voorhees,
Terre Haute, Ind. SENATOR WALL, OF NEW JERSEY, TO DAN VOORHEES.
Long Branch, August 21, 1863. My Dear Sir: I inclose you two letters from a man by the name of Carr, in reference to arms. A letter directed to him simply Philadelphia will reach him. I can vouch for the excellent quality and great efficiency of the rifles.
Yours in haste,
James W. Wall.
And another from Carr to Wall, dated August 14, 1863, on the same subject, giving the price at which these arms could be purchased, which was $14 apiece, saying there were about twenty thousand of them in all. For what purpose they were wanted is left to the imagination to disclose.
With regard to the question as to the side on which the sympathies of the Senator from Indiana
- I suppose the Senator from Indiana will deny this also and say it was mere campaign calumny cast out and trodden under the feet of men - on the 5th day of March, 1864, he spoke of Vallandigham as “that representative American patriot, who, with Hendricks and Seymour and Richardson, had done so much to uphold the hands of the American public and had preserved so far the guaranties of constitutional liberty”, a man who was tried and banished from the country for being a traitor, and justly banished; and yet the Senator from Indiana said on the 5th of March, 1864 :
Will some poor, crawling, despised sycophant and tool of executive despotism –
That sounds very much like the Senator from Indiana. If that is a fabrication it is
very ingenious one
Will some poor, crawling, despised sycophant and tool of executive despotism dare to say that I shall not pronounce the name of Vallandigham? The scandal and stigma of his condemnation
The scandal and stigma of Vallandigham's condemnation
and banishment have filled the civilized world, and the Lethean and oblivious wave of a thousand years can not wash away the shame and reproach of that miserable scene from the American name. Some members have attacked with fierce clamor the great American statesman and Christian gentleman who suffers his exile in the cause of liberty on a foreign soil. So the basest cur that ever kenneled may bay, at “the bidding of a master, the aged lion in the distance".