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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixiy-four,
By S. D. CARPENTER, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the
United States, for the State of Wisconsin.
A PRBFACE to a book is often synonymous such as to be as personally offensive as possible to with excuses, and I will render mine as briefly all conservatives, by the use approbious epias possible. I have compiled this work, not thets, such as "Traitor"-"Copperhead," &o. with a view to win literary fame, though per- With this work in his possession, no Democrat haps few, who have acquired the knowledge by need fear these epithets, for if he will compel experience, will deny me at least a modest his assailant to endure the infliction to read or claim to considerable research and laborious listen to a few choice paragraphs herein, the application; for, in truth I could have pro- insult will hardly be repeated; for, the followduced a volume of more than double the pro- ing pages constitute a bomb-proof battery-an portions of this, with less labor and pains- "iron clad” torpedo--that will be dangerous to taking, had I reduced it to a commentary on trifle with.
, purposes intended, it was necessary to present preserving in scrap book form, the within evithe language employed by those who are here- dences of republican guilt, until I had creatin represented. This I have done as tersely as ed quite a "library of scrap books. I was possible, without perverting the sentiments aware years ago that these scraps would one uttered. The task has been an herculean onė. day become valuable. I was offered, during The difficulty has not been what to insert, but the political canvass of 1863, a large sum for what to leave out, lest I should compile a vol- my first volume of Scraps, and it occurred to ume of too ponderous proportions, for it would me that if one of my many volumes was prized have been much easier to have compiled 2,000 so highly, there were few that would not espages, without diminishing the interest. My teem it a privilege to pay $1.50 for the cream whole aim has been to present to the conserva- of them all. tives of the country a useful and convenient All the libraries in the "Union as it was," digest of the sayings and doings of the North- might be searched in vain for the contents of ern Disunionists for the last sixty-five years, this book. The same might be found mostly together with a synopsis of the slavery agita- in the newspaper files of the last seventy years, tion and results of emancipation, from the hal. but it would require a practiced antiquarian cyon days of Rome down to the present time— years of research to hunt up and codify these embracing a statistical, didactic and editorial extracts from original sources, at an expense, compendium of that restless spirit of meddling wholly inadequate to any probable remuneraagitation that has ruined the fairest govern- tion. Possessing these extraordinary faciliments on earth. I have presented the evidence ties, I have compiled this work both from the of Northern disunion and treason, in a conve- dictates of duty and hope of reward. I do not nient and tangible form, that the same may be warrant it free from errors; for, in addition to demonstrated to the people who now suffer in my other duties of publishing a Daily and consequence of these causes:--
Weekly Newspaper, &c., I have without assis1st. By Editors through the press. :-2d. By public speakers from the rostrum.
tance, copied, codified and arranged the 3d. By citizens, among the masses in the school house work each evening, as needed for the printers
and other gatherings, and in private discussions. The condnct of this war, from the highest the next day, nor have I been able to re-examofficial to the lowest parasite of power, has been ine a single sheet of " copy," previous to its
use at the case. Still, I am quite sure I have found in this volume, which will have the good done no injustice to the authors of the extracts, effect to rid the truly loyal possessor of the except, perhaps, in some unimportant' typo- insults of that reptile tribe of arrogant, selfgraphical errors, that readily suggest them- righteous bores, who breed in the sunshine of gelyes
power-fatten on the sweat of honest toil, and While I have endeavored to link together the parrot-like chatter virtues te honest toil, and various extracts in argumentative arrangement, To those who have known me for years, it I have, with but, few exceptional cases, em- is unnecessary to offer assurances that I am, ployed no more of my own language and sen- as I have been from the start, in favor of the timents than were necessary to a proper ap- most ''vigorous"? prosecution of the war to plication and introduction of the sentiment or crush the rebellion. I believe this can be fact quoted.
done under the Constitution, and in the mean Another reason for presenting this work, is, time preserve personal and civil liberty. I that during the canvass of 1863, I printed the am, as I ever have been, opposed to secession, first edition of 10,000 copies in pamphlet form, digunion, and treason--especially Abolitionwhich were soon disposed of in all parts of the işm, believing that the latter combines the North, with no effort on my part, save a notice trinity of the former. I have no apology to that a work of that character was for sale, and offer for the rebellion, and am in favor of puneven after the last copy was sent as per order, ishing all traitors-am opposed to any peace I continued to receive orders from Wisconsin, purchased at the expense of the honor and inPennsylvania, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Indi- alienable rights of loyal people, and am in ana, New York and other States, until calls for favor of any peace--the sooner it comes the more than 6,000 accumulated on my table, be- better--that shall secure the Union of our yond my power to fill. I commenced this edi- fathers, and be honorable in its terms, and tion in November last, to meet this demand, believe that any sensible, conservative man and already, before the first copy is bound, I would be an improvement on Mr. LINCOLN for have orders for more than two-thirds of my en- President. tire edition. I am making arrangements for
The “Shakesperean Irrepressible Conflict," issuing a 3d edition to supply the general de which follows the general order of this work, mand, which I am in hopes to issue some time I offer gratis-not as a specimen of literary in June or July next.
genius, but in accordance with a promise made To the conservatives of the country this at the repeated requests of many of my friends. work is especially dedicated, as the aggrega- I attach no particular importance to it, for it tion of guilt and treason of seventy years was all prepared during the three last eveaccumulation-to be by them exhibited as a nings of 1862, as a "message" for the cara living panorama of "disloyal practices" by the riers of my paper. It was only intended as & opponents of Democracy-lest the treason of humorous salmagundi, to represent the "rise, these marplots may be overlooked, amid the progress and decline of the one idea.”! I may, din of their pharisaical protestations of "we-' without arrogance, however, claim for it this are-holier-than-thou” loyalty. These marti- merit--a truthful, even though crude, reflex of nets of power' must not be permitted to deceive transpiring facts. the people with their (istop thief' cry of we With the foregoing explanations,?" I offer are Toyal"-"you are disloyal”—when the the work to all those who would study the great
cause of all the evils that now afflict this sorely evidences of their own guilt are so overwhelm
oppressed people. S. D. CARPENTER. ing. A sure antidote to their poison is to be MADISON, Wis., February, 1864.
ers... Numeroue Extracts in Proof... Treason of the Clergy
EFFECTS OF ANCIENT SLAVERY AGITATION, ETC.
the Irrepressible Conflict"-A Servile Insurrection Early Clamors for a Northern Confederacy...the Pelham
support of Government... The odious comparisons con-
Slavery not the cause of the War... Illustrations showing F, GARDNER, 1812... Extracts from Discourses of Rev.