Concession and Compromise.
The Democracy, from Douglas and Breckinridge down to the Register in this city, or as low as it is possible to get, are constantly harping about concession and compromise. There must be concession and compromise or the other slave states will be under the painful necessity of acting in as rash a manner as South Carolina and Mississippi have done. Now what must the Republicans concede? What have we to compromise? Will the Register, or any other Democratic mouth piece, tell us what will satisfy the South? If anything short of a concession of the principle that the Territories should not be surrendered to slavery will satisfy the South, the Republican party stand ready to yield it. This point they cannot yield with honor. They will never yield it at all. If the Southern people are afraid that the Republican party intends to interfere with slavery in the slave States, by Congressional action — we, and we are satisfied that the whole Republican party, to allay their fears, are willing, by Constitutional amendment or otherwise, to deprive Congress of any such power. And again, if the Southern people fear or believe that the Republican party are opposed to the admission of any more slave States, we are willing that it should be made the law or the Constitution that Territories applying for admission into the Union, shall be admitted with or without slavery, as the people of such Territory, so applying, shall determine. And further: we are in favor of, and earnestly recommend, the repeal of all State laws in conflict with the Constitution of the United States, or that in any way obstruct or interfere with the execution of Federal laws. We are in favor of any compromise that does not yield to Slavery the right to go into free Territories. The positive right to do this it never did have until the Kansas-Nebraska bill was passed. The Missouri Compromise was repealed by the Slave States, under the plea that it was "unjust and unconstitutional." — If it was unjust to the South, and in conflict with the Constitution, the slave States of course would not desire, or be satisfied with its restoration. If the slave States, or any considerable number of them — or, indeed, any one of them, will come forward with a compromise that does not involve the surrender of free Territory to Slavery, there will be no difficulty in securing for it the support of the whole Republican party.