President Lincoln's Message.
President LINCOLN'S message to Congress is just what we expected of him. It is a plain, straightforward, correct statement of the rise and progress of the rebellion — a full account of the action of the government thus far in the premises, and what it proposes to do further to bring the war to a speedy close. His argument against the "right of secession" is unanswerable, as is, also, his argument in justification of his own action. The history he gives of the rise and progress of the rebellion, and the manner in which it has been met by the administration, was necessary to an official understanding of the whole matter by Congress.
We give the message, in all its parts, an unqualified indorsement. That Congress will likewise indorse the past action of the President, and adopt his recommendations, there can be no doubt. Congress will also strengthen the hands of the President in more ways than his message has pointed out, and from this time out rebellion may expect severe treatment and a speedy suppression.
In this connexion it may not be out of place to say to the few secession-sympathizing editors, and others who are constantly finding fault with one whom they term "Abolition Lincoln," that the President's message does not contain one word on the subject of slavery — there is no "niggerism" in it. This is in marked and pleasing contrast with messages of Democratic Presidents, delivered during the past ten or fifteen years.