Is it doubted, then, that the plan I propose, if adopted, would shorten the war, and thus lessen its expenditure of money and of blood?
Is it doubted that it would restore the national authority and national prosperity, and perpetuate both indefinitely?
Is it doubted that we here–Congress and Executive–can secure its adoption? Will not the good people respond to a united, and earnest appeal from us?
Can we, can they, by any other means, so certainly, or so speedily, assure these vital objects?
We can succeed only by concert.
It is not “can any of us imagine better?” but, “can we all do better?”
The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.