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Chapter 18: Lincoln and Emancipation Messrs. Nicolay and Hay, who were Mr. Lincoln's private secretaries during the time he was President, and afterwards the authors of his most elaborate biography, say: The blessings of an enfranchised race must forever hail him as their liberator. Says Francis Curtis in his History of the Republican Party, in speaking of the President's Emancipation Proclamation: On the 1st day of January, 1863, the final proclamation of freedom was issued, and every negro slave within the confines of the United States was at last made free. Other writers of what is claimed to be history, almost without number, speak of the President's pronouncement as if it caused the bulwarks of slavery to fall down very much as the walls of Jericho are said to have done, at one blast, overwhelming the whole institution and setting every bondman free. Indeed, there are multitudes of fairly intelligent people who believe that slaveholding in this country ceased the ver
have materially changed the history of the country. That was a movement, after Mr. Lincoln's nomination, to compel him to retire from the ticket, or to confront him with a strong independent Republican candidate. According to Messrs. Nicolay and Hay, Mr. Lincoln's private secretaries and his biographers, the movement started in New York City and had its ramifications in many parts of the country. One meeting was held at the residence of David Dudley Field, and was attended by such men as Geonce being that they stood out in the open while the others acted covertly. The Missouri Germans, who mostly approved the candidature of Fremont, and some of whom refused to vote for Lincoln, have been particularly assailed. Messrs. Nicolay and Hay, in their Lincoln biography, even go so far as to attack them on the ground of their religious, or rather anti-religious, beliefs, calling them materialist Missourians, Missouri agnostics, etc., etc. Now, after having lived among the Missouri G
s of Universal Emancipation, The, 51. Giddings, Joshua R., 2, 6, 205. Gillinghamm, Chalkly, 203. Goodell, William, 203, 205. Grant, General, 44; and Charcoals, 172; nomination by Missouri Radicals, 174-176; capture of Fort Donelson, 192. Greeley, Horace, 142, 148, 178, 179. Green, Beriah, 203. Green, William, Jr., 203. Grimke sisters, 38, 103-106, 204. H Hale, John P., 10, 205. Hall, John B., 201. Hall, Robert B., 203. Hallock's Order Number Three, 141. Harrison, Wm. Henry, 5. Hay, John, 136. Henry, Patrick, Williamsburg speech, 88. Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 204. Hints toward Emancipation in Missouri, 158. Hollie, Sally, 205. Hopper, Isaac, 205. How, John, 155. Howland, Joseph A., 205. Hudson, Professor, 35, 112, 205. Hudson, Frederic, 89. Hume, John, 208-210. Hutchinsons, the, 141. I Ile a Vache, 133. Indiana, introduction of slavery into, 5. J Jackson, Claiborne F., 186; attempt to make Missouri secede, 186-188; outwitted by Nathaniel Lyon, 18