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The Publishers present this little volume to the public in the belief that a record of the great speeches and public acts emanating from the South during the late struggle, will prove, as a matter of History, both valuable and interesting to all classes of readers.
ECHOES FROM THE SOUTH.
SPEECH OF HON. A. H. STEPHENS,
DELIVERED IN THE HALL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
OF GEORGIA, NOV. 14, 1860.
FELLOW-CITIZENS: I appear before you to-night at the request of members of the Legislature and others to speak of matters of the deepest interest that can possibly concern us all of an earthly character. There is nothing-no question or subject connected with this life-that concerns a free people so intimately as that of the Government under which they live. We are now, indeed, surrounded by evils. Never since I entered upon the public stage has the country been so environed with difficulties and dangers that threatened the public peace and the very existence of society as now. I do not now appear