o you to tell you frankly what I think of the policy of this bill — to ask your opinion of it, and to invoke your influence in having it defeated.
While I was making these remarks, Mr. Lincoln listened to me with patient politeness, and when I paused for a reply, he said: You must allow me the Yankee privilege of answering your questions by first asking a few myself.
During the late Presidential canvass, were you not chairman of the National Executive Committee of the party that supported Bell and Everett?
Yes, said I, of the Constitutional Union party.
The campaign motto or platform of which, he continued, was The Union, the Constitution, and enforcement of the laws?
It was, I replied; and I think that it was not only the briefest, but about the best and most comprehensive platform that could have been adopted for that canvass.
And you still stand by it, of course 2?
I certainly do, was my reply.
Then, he remarked, there is no reason why we should no
ction was held on the 6th of November.
The result showed a popular vote of 1,857,610 for Lincoln; 1,291,574 for Douglas; 850,022 for Breckenridge; and 646,124 for Bell.
In the electoral college Lincoln received 180 votes, Breckenridge 72, Bell 39, and Douglas 12.
Lincoln electors were chosen in seventeen of the free States, Bell 39, and Douglas 12.
Lincoln electors were chosen in seventeen of the free States, as follows: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, California, Oregon; and in one State,--New Jersey,--owing to a fusion between Democrats, Lincoln secured four and Douglas three of the electors.
Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia. Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, and Texas went for Breckenridge; Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia for Bell; while Douglas secured only one entire State--Missouri. Mr. Lincoln having now been elected, there remained, before taking up the reins of government, the details