From the Richmond Daily Dispatch July 21, 1862:
Ex-Governor Seymour, of Connecticut, Opposed to a war of subjugation.
Ex-Governor Seymour, of Connecticut, has written a remarkable letter to the Hartford Times condemning the use of his name as a Vice President of the late war meeting in that city. He goes on to say that–
“If it is necessary to be more explicit, I beg leave to state that, knowing what the meeting would be beforehand, I could not have been induced to attend it, or take a part in its doings — and that, having glanced at the speeches and the proceedings generally of that meeting, I particularly desire to clear myself from any participation, directly or indirectly, in what took place there.–The meeting, if I have not misunderstood its general bearing, is one which ignores peaceful remedies of any sort as a means of restoring the Union, and calls loudly for men and means to aid in the subjugation and consequent degradation and overthrow of the South. I follow, gentlemen, in no such crusade, neither will I contribute, in any way, to the accomplishment of such a bloody purpose. The monstrous fallacy of the present day, that the Union can be re-established by destroying any part of the South, is one which will burst with the shells that are thrown into its defenceless cities, and leave the condition of this country, after its treasures are exhausted, and its brave men on both sides consigned to hospitals and graves, a spectacle for reproach or commiseration of the civilized world.”
Thomas Hart Seymour served as governor of Connecticut from 1850-1853. He would challenge George B. McClellan in 1864 for the Democrat nomination for U.S. President.