the affections of our people, from the attacks of fanaticism
and sectionalism and Black Republicanism and Eed Eepub-
licanisin all combined. It gives us all the laws of the old
Eepublic, and those grand decisions of the Judiciary, which
have grown up around the Constitution, as part of tlie funda-
mental law, and are almost as sacred as the Constitution itself.
It proclaims to the civilized world that as loyalty to the Con-
stitution is the law of our conduct at home, so will good faith
and the observance of treaties regulate our intercourse abroad.
It gives us the traditions and the historic wealth, colonial and
revolutionary, of the glorious old Commonwealth of Virginia.
In a word, it gives us the Union and Constitution as the
Fathers made them, and separates us from the enemies to both,
who themselves have seceded from the Constitution, and are
indeed rebels and traitors.
With <a-eat respect, your friend,
L. Q. C. LAMAR.
To Hon. P. F. LiDDELL,^