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Page 9 of Appeal of Cassius M. Clay to Kentucky and the world.

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9 I n o w saw that the u n i o n of w h i c h H . Johnson h a d s poken, had been consummated, and that a portion of the W h i g p arty, sure enough, w e r e about to give m e up as a s acrifice to the malice of f oes m ade b y v e n t u r i n g m y life i n t heir cause.* B e i n g determined to die i n the d efence o f m y birthright, the freedom of the press a n d the liberty o f speech, I appended this short appeal to a l l true m e n a nd f riends of l a w , a n d sent it to the press : [No. III.] Y ou see this attempt of these tyrants, worse than the thirty despots who lorded it over the once free Athens, now to enslave y ou. Men who regard law men who regard all their liberties as not to be sacrificed to a single pecuniary interest, to say the least, of doubtful value lovers of justice enemies of blood laborers of all classes you for whom I have sacrificed so much, where w ill you be found when the battle between Liberty and Slavery is to be fought 1 I cannot, I w i l l not, I dare not question on which side you w ill be found. If you stand by me l ike m en, our country s hall yet be free ; but if you falter now, I perish w ith less regret when I remember that the people of my native State, of whom I have been so proud, and whom I have loved so m uch, are already slaves. L exington, August 15, 1 845. C . M . C T.AY. I i m m e d i a t e l y made preparations for the d efence o f m y o ffice, w a r n e d m y chosen friends to be ready to w h i c h t hey manfully assented wrote m y w i l l , a nd n e x t m o r n i n g s ent m y camp bed to the office, as I w a s unable to sit u p. I h a d thus made every preparation to m eet t hese m e n of c hivalry, w h o on M o n d a y ventured to h u r l d efiance a t a prostrate foe. T h e y had d e m a n d e d of me to give t hem a n answer, to discontinue m y paper, or that after t hree o 'clock o n that day m y " personal safety" w a s l o s t ! D i d t hey c ome u p to their threats ? N o t they. They f ound I w a s s till a ble to drag my f eeble b ody to the place o f attack and r ally a round me m a n y brave hearts. * T h e part w h i c h the Johnsons took in W i c k l i f f e ' s and B r o w n ' s attempt t o assassinate m e , a f e w y ears a go, is generally believed to have a r i s e n s olely from political motives o f g e t t i n g r i d o f a formidable opponent. The s y s t e m they imported from Scott county, w a s to b u l l y opponents in the c a n vass o r at the polls, and this g a m e t hey w e r e b e g i n n i n g to play quite successfully w i t h the friends o f G a r r e t t D a v i s , t ill t he atl'air at R u s s e l l ' s C a v e t aught t h e m that impunity w o u l d not await t h e m . KENTUCKIANS :