m here to-day.
In this connection, I may be permitted to remark that, during our last struggle for the Presidency, all parties contended for the preservation of the Union.
Without going further back, what was that struggle?
Senator Douglas of the State of Illinois was a candidate.
His friends presented him as the best Union man. I shall speak upon this subject in reference to my position.
Mr. Breckinridge's friends presented him to the people as the Union candidate.
I was olculated to promote the welfare of our common country; another opposed them, to bring about the same result.
Then what was the former contest?
Bringing it down to the present times, there has been no disagreement between Republicans, Bell men, Douglas men, and Breckinridge men, as regards the preservation of the Union of States.
Now, however, these measures are all laid aside — all these party questions are left out of consideration, and the great question comes up whether the Constitution