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g morning Mr. Cushing and a majority of the Massachusetts delegation also withdrew.
We put our withdrawal before you, said Mr. Butler (Benjamin F.) of that delegation, upon the simple ground, among others, that there has been a withdrawal, in part, of a majority of the States, and, further (and that, perhaps, more personal to myself), upon the ground that I will not sit in a convention where the African slave trade — which is piracy by the laws of my country — is approvingly advocated.
Gov. David Tod, of Ohio, was then called to the chair in place of Cushing, retired, and the convention proceeded to ballot for a Presidential candidate.
Some of the Southern members remained in the convention; and the speech of a delegate from Arkansas (Mr. Flournoy), a slave-holder and friend of the system, was so liberal that it had a powerful effect upon delegates from the free-labor States in favor of Mr. Douglas.
Of 194 votes cast on the second ballot, Mr. Douglas received 181, and he was declar