We clip the following from the Springfield correspondence of the Chicago Journal — a republican paper. It will cause the blush of shame to cover the face of those persons who have traduced the noble, brave and patriotic people of southern Illinois.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Feb. 15, 1862.
Editor of the Chicago journal:
The convention is getting into working order, although it is hard for members to confine themselves to the business of framing a constitution amid the exciting news from the army. There is hardly a member here from the southern part of our state who has not relatives in the division under General McClernand, and it is sufficient for their patriotism to say that that division will have to fight more relatives in the rebel army than all of the eastern states combined. The southern part of our state is principally settled from the slave states, and when a whole division is sent from it, to battle for the union, just across the Ohio, we must remember that that army has to battle its kindred in the name and for the cause of liberty. These men came from the land of Clay and of Jackson — the one in 1812 declaring that the American navy carried at its masthead the credentials of its seamen, in answer to the insolent demand of Great Britain; the other, at a later period, declaring that "The Union must and shall be preserved." The battle-ground of our liberties is upon the soil on which they are both entombed — Kentucky and Tennessee. The one sleeps at Ashband, and the other at Hermitage.
If any portion of the 640,000 men in the army of the union are fighting under the glow of a purer patriotism than our southern Illinoisans, I would ask where it is? To disabuse the public mind from another false impression, permit me to say, that in Gen. McClernand's division of six regiments, there is not an officer of any prominent grade whose antecedents are republican, except Lieut. Col. Burgess, of Shawneetown. The next question is, will they fight? Let Belmont answer to-day — Fort Donelson to-morrow. The "Golden Circle" business is played out. It was got up for sensation purposes solely, without a shadow of truth for a foundation.
People hereabouts are becoming satisfied that the constitution will be by no means radical, although the convention, like all public bodies, does some foolish things.