On page 8, section 11, strike out the words Until the complete execution of this act, no other election shall be held in said Territory, and insert the amendment which I hold in my hand.
You see from this that I moved to strike out the very words that Trumbull
says I put in. The Committee on Territories overruled me in Committee and put the clause in, but as soon as I got the bill back into the Senate, I moved to strike it out, and put another clause in its place.
On the same page you will find that my amendment was agreed to unanimously.
I then offered another amendment, recognizing the right of the people of Kansas
, under the Toombs bill, to order just such elections as they saw proper.
You can find it on page 796 of the same volume.
I will read it:
Mr. Douglas--I have another amendment to offer front the Committee to follow the amendment which has been adopted.
The bill reads now : And until the complete execution of this act, no other election shall be held in said Territory.
It has been suggested that it should be modified in this way : And to avoid conflict in the complete execution of this act, all other elections in said Territory are hereby postponed until such time as said Convention shall appoint, so that they can appoint the day in the event that there should be a failure to come into the Union.
The amendment was unanimously
agreed to-clearly and distinctly recognizing the right of the Convention
to order just as many elections as they saw proper in the execution of the act. Trumbull
concealed in his Alton
, speech the fact that the clause he quoted had been stricken out in my motion, and the other fact that this other clause was put in the bill on my motion, and made the false charge that I incorporated into the bill a clause preventing submission, in the face of the fact, that, on my motion, the bill was so amended before it passed as to recognize in express words the right and duty of submission.
On this record that I have produced before you, I repeat my charge that Trumbull
did falsify the public records of the country, in order to make his charge against me, and I tell Mr. Abraham Lincoln
that if he will examine these records, he will then know that what I state is true.
has this day indorsed Mr. Trumbull
's veracity after he had my word for it that that veracity was proved to be violated and forfeited by the public records.
It will not do for Mr. Lincoln
in parading his calumnies against me, to put Mr. Trumbull
between him and the odium and responsibility which justly attaches to such calumnies.
I tell him that I am as ready to prosecute the indorser as the maker of a forged note.
I regret the necessity of occupying my time with these petty personal matters.
It is unbecoming the dignity of a canvass for an office of the character for which we are candidates.
When I commenced the canvass at Chicago
, I spoke of Mr. Lincoln
in terms of kindness as an old friend — I said that he was a good citizen, of unblemished character, against whom I had nothing to say. I repeated these complimentary remarks about him in my successive speeches, until he became the indorser for these and other slanders against me. If there is any thing personally disagreeable, uncourteous or disreputable in these personalities, the sole responsibility rests on Mr. Lincoln
, Mr. Trumbull
and their backers.
I will show you another charge made by Mr. Lincoln
against me, as an offset to his determination of willingness to take back any thing that is incorrect, and to correct any false statement he may have made.
He has several times charged that the Supreme Court, President Pierce
, President Buchanan
, and myself, at the time I introduced the Nebraska
bill in January, 1854, at Washington
, entered into a conspiracy to establish slavery all over this country.
I branded this charge as a falsehood, and then he repeated it, asked me to analyze its truth and answer it. I told him, “Mr. Lincoln
, I know what, you are after-you want to occupy my time in personal matters, to prevent me from showing up the revolutionary principles which the Abolition party-whose candidate you are — have proclaimed to the world” . But he asked me to analyze his proof, and I did so. I called his attention to the fact that at the time the Nebraska
bill was introduced, there was no such case as the