into the new Territories
Can he possibly show that it is less a scared right to buy them where they can be bought cheapest?
And unquestionably they can be bought cheaper in Africa
than in Virginia
He has done all in his power to reduce the whole question of slavery to one of a mere right of property; and as such, how can he oppose the foreign slave trade — how can he refuse that trade in that “property” shall be “perfectly free” unless he does it as a protection to the home production?
And as the home producers will probably not ask the protection, he will be wholly without a ground of opposition.
holds, we know, that a man may rightfully be wiser to-day than he was yesterday — that he may rightfully change when he finds himself wrong.
But can we, for that reason, run ahead, and infer that he will make any particular change, of which he, himself, has given no intimation?
Can we safely base our action upon any such vague inference?
Now, as ever, I wish not to misrepresent Judge Douglas
's position, question his motives, or do aught that can be personally offensive to him. Whenever, if ever, he and we can come together on principle so that our cause may have assistance from his great ability, I hope to have interposed no adventitious obstacle.
But clearly, he is not now with us-he does not pretend to be-he does not promise ever to be.
Our cause, then, must be intrusted to, and conducted by, its own undoubted friends — those whose hands are free, whose hearts are in the work — who do care
for the result.
Two years ago the Republicans of the nation mustered over thirteen hundred thousand strong.
We did this under the single impulse of resistance to a common danger, with every external circumstance against us. Of strange, discordant, and even hostile elements, we gathered from the four winds, and formed and, fought the battle through, under the constant hot fire of a disciplined, proud and pampered enemy.
Did we brave all then, to falter now?--now, when that same enemy is wavering, dissevered and belligerent?
The result is not doubtful.
We shall not fail — if we stand firm, we shall not fail
counsels may accelerate, or mistakes delay it, but, sooner or later, the victory is sure to come.