September 22, 1865
The editor calls attention to an article from The Nation, and speeches by Charles Sumner and Gerrit Smith, which appear in this edition. Comments on Smith’s speech include a reference to his recognition that the country is in a critical time, and that he seems “somewhat despondent”. Recognizing the difficulties and the need for vigilance, the editor says, “yet we believe in the sure triumph of liberty and justice in the end, the universal establishment of free institutions, and the constant advancement of the cause of our colored countrymen, in spite of whatever is adverse to this grand result. There’s no such word as fail – and we are not sorry that we are “old abolitionists”!