President Lincoln's Proclamation.
Uncle Abraham has gone and done it. He has given way before that pressure which a few months ago, he declared himself unable much longer to resist. He has thrown himself into the arms of the radicals, body and breeches. The position of the administration is no longer equivocal. The mask has fallen from the face of things. Seward, and his declaration that "the rights of the states, and the condition of every human being in them, will remain subject to exactly the same laws and forms of administration, whether the revolution shall succeed or whether it shall fail," are among the things that are past.
It is said in Holy Writ that when the children of Israel sought, at the hand of God, a king, he gave them one, "in his wrath." In the form of a favor he inflicted upon them a punishment. In looking upon this concession of Lincoln to the destructives of the country, we are not clear to decide whether he has not yielded to their desires as much with a view to their discomfiture as from any other motive. The end, of the unrestrained radical is always self destructive; and the mischief-making fool needs only all the rope he requires, and his hanging is certain. Whatever may have been his motive, Mr. Lincoln could not have more surely than he has done sealed the eventual destruction of the class before whom he has succumbed; and in this point of view we feel no regret at an act which, in every other, we regard as unwise and unfortunate. — Cincinnati Enquirer.