suspected of a desire that the country shall all become free, and not when expressed by those fairly known to entertain the desire that the whole country shall become slave.
When expressed by that class of men, it is in no wise offensive to him. In this again, my friends of Kentucky
, you have Judge Douglas
There is another reason why you Southern people ought to nominate Douglas
at your Convention at Charleston
That reason is the wonderful capacity of the man; the power he has of doing what would seem to be impossible.
Let me call your attention to one of these apparently impossible things.
had three or four very distinguished men of the most extreme antislavery views of any men in the Republican party, expressing their desire for his re-election to the Senate last year.
That would, of itself, have seemed to be a little wonderful, but that wonder is heightened when we see that Wise
, a man exactly opposed to them, a man who believes in the Divine right of slavery, was also expressing his desire that Douglas
should be re-elected; that another man that may be said to be kindred to Wise
, Mr. Breckinridge
, the Vice President
, and of your own State, was also agreeing with the anti-slavery men in the North
, that Douglas
ought to be re-elected.
Still, to heighten the wonder, a Senator from Kentucky
, who I have always loved with an affection as tender and endearing as I have ever loved any man; who was opposed to the anti-slavery men for reasons which seemed sufficient to him, and equally opposed to Wise
, was writing letters into Illinois
to secure the re-election of Douglas
Now that all these conflicting elements should be brought, while at daggers' points, with one another, to support him, is a feat that is worthy for you to note and consider.
It is quite probable that each of these classes of men thought, by the re-election of Douglas
, their peculiar views would gain something; it is probable that the anti-slavery men thought their views would gain something; that Wise
thought so too, as regards their opinions; that Mr. Crittenden
thought that his views would gain something, although he was opposed to both these other men. It is probable that each and all of them thought that they were using Douglas
, and it is yet an unsolved problem whether he was not using them all. If he was, then it is for you to consider whether that power to perform wonders, is one for you lightly to throw away.
There is one other thing that I will say to you in this relation.
It is but my opinion, I give it to you without a fee. It is my opinion that it is for you to take him or be defeated ; and that if you do take him you may be beaten.
You will surely be beaten if you do not take him. We, the Republicans and others forming the opposition of the country, intend to “stand by our guns,” to be patient and firm, and in the long run to beat you whether you take him or not. We know that before we fairly beat you, we have to beat you both together.
We know that you are “all of a feather,” and that we have to beat you altogether, and we expect to do it. We dont intend to be very impatient about it. We mean to be as deliberate and calm about it as it is possible to be, but as firm and resolved as it is possible for men to be. When we do as we say, beat you, you perhaps want to know what we will do with you.
I will tell you, so far as I am authorized to speak for the opposition, what we mean to do with you. We mean to treat you, as near as we possibly can, as Washington
treated you. We mean to leave you alone, and in no way to interfere with your institution ; to abide by all and every compromise of the Constitution
, and, in a word, coming back to the original proposition, to treat you, so far as degenerated men (if we have degenerated) may, according to the examples of those noble fathers-Washington, Jefferson
We mean to remember that.
you are as good as we; that there is no difference between us other than the difference of circumstances.
We mean to recognize and bear in mind always that you have as good hearts in your bosoms as other people, or as we claim to have, and treat you accordingly.
We mean to marry your girls when we