James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.
To William H. Seward
By John Greenleaf Whittier (18071892)
On Jan. 12, 1861, Mr. Seward made a speech in the Senate on The State of The Union, in which he urged the paramount duty of preserving the Union and went as far as it was possible to go, without surrender of principles, in concession to the Southern party.