If we leave to these four million rebels local power, undiminished sway in one fifth of the territory of the Union; if we confide to them and to their care the institutions of government, of education, of religion, of [ ] if we assign them the undisputed control of the press, what have we to expect in the future except generation after generation influenced by the same principles and animated by the same purposes that have controlled the inhabitants of that region for the last thirty-five years? These facts and views give us some idea of the magnitude of the subject with which we are to deal?

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