being's end and aim, of the Compromises of 1850.
And, as the Federal Administration, whereof Mr. Fillmore remained the official head, and Mr. Webster became the animating soul, gave prominence and emany general consultation on the subject.
On the first ballot for a Presidential candidate, Mr. Fillmore had 133 votes, Gen. Scott 131, Mr. Webster 29.
On the next, Gen. Scott had 133, and Mr. FillMr. Fillmore but 131.
These proportions were nearly preserved through three or four days--Gen. Scott gaining slightly and unsteadily on Mr. Fillmore--till, on the fiftieth ballot, Gen. Winfield Scott receiveMr. Fillmore--till, on the fiftieth ballot, Gen. Winfield Scott received 142, and on the fifty-second 148.
On the next, he was nominated; having 159 votes to 112 for Mr. Fillmore and 21 for Mr. Webster. William A. Graham, of North Carolina, was, on the second ballot, noMr. Fillmore and 21 for Mr. Webster. William A. Graham, of North Carolina, was, on the second ballot, nominated for Vice-President.
The Southern platform had already been imposed on the Convention — the Slavery plank by a vote of 164 Yeas to 117 Nays.
It is as follows:
Eighth, That the series of
gress as a Senator forty-four years before — who had served, at different times, no less than twenty years, in the upper House of Congress; and who, after filling, for a season, the post of Attorney-General under Gen. Harrison, and again under Mr. Fillmore, was now, in his fullness of years, about to give place to a Democrat,
John C. Breckinridge; closen to take Mr. Crittenden's seat on the 4th of March, 1861. elected because of the greater confidence of the slaveholding interest in the Democ, had had control of Congress and the Federal Executive through seven-eighths of our past national history.
If this were the true panacea for our troubles respecting Slavery, why had they not applied it long ago?
Why not adopt it under Polk or Fillmore, Pierce or Buchanan, without waiting to the last sands of their departing power?
Why not unite upon it as their platform in the Presidential contest of 1860?
Why call upon the Republicans to help them do, after forty years of controversy, what