Every Republican paper taxes ground with my Lecompton
enemies, encouraging them, stimulating them in their opposition to me and styling my friends bolters from the Democratic party, and their Lecompton
allies the true Democratic party of the country.
If they think that they can mislead and deceive the people of Illinois
, or the Democracy of Illinois
, by that sort of an unnatural and unholy alliance, I think they show very little sagacity, or give the people very little credit for intelligence.
It must be a contest of principle.
Either the radical abolition principles of Mr. Lincoln
must be maintained, or the strong, constitutional, national Democratic principles with which I am identified must be carried out.
There can be but two great political parties in this country.
The contest this year and in 1860 must necessarily be between the Democracy and the Republicans, if we can judge from present indications.
My whole life has been identified with the Democratic party.
I have devoted all of my energies to advocating its principles and sustaining its organization.
In this State the party was never better united or more harmonious than at this time.
The State Convention which assembled on the 2d of April, and nominated Fondey and French was regularly called by the State Central Committee, appointed by the. previous State Convention for that purpose.
The meetings in each county in the State
for the appointment of delegates to the Convention
were regularly called by the county committees, and the proceedings in every county in the State
, as well as in the State Convention, were regular.
in all respects.
No Convention was ever more harmonious in its action, or showed a more tolerant, and just spirit toward brother Democrats.
The leaders of the party there assembled declared their unalterable attachment to the time-honored principles and organization of the Democratic party, and to the Cincinnati
They declared that that platform was the only authoritative exposition of Democratic principles, and that it must so stand until changed by another National Convention ; that in the meantime they would make no new tests, and submit to none; that they would proscribe no Democrat or permit the proscription of Democrats because of their opinion upon Lecomptonism, or upon any other issue which has arisen; but would recognize all men as Democrats who remained inside of the organization, preserved the usages of the party, and supported its nominees.
These bolting Democrats who now claim to be the peculiar friends of the National Administration
, and have formed an alliance with Mr. Lincoln
and the Republicans for the purpose of defeating the Democratic party, have ceased to claim fellowship with the. Democratic organization ; have entirely separated themselves from it, and are endeavouring to build up a faction in the State
, not with the hope or expectation of electing any one man who professes to be a Democrat to office in any county in the State
, but merely to secure the defeat of the Democratic
nominees and the election of Republicans in their places.
What excuse can any honest Democrat have for abandoning the Democratic
organization and joining with the Republicans to defeat our nominees, in view of the platform established by the State Convention?
They cannot pretend that they were proscribed because of their opinions upon Lecompton
or any other question, for the Convention
expressly declared that they recognized all as good Democrats who remained inside of the organization, and abided by the nominations.
If the question is settled or is to be considered as finally disposed of by the vote on the 3d of August, what possible excuse can any good Democrat make for keeping up a division for the purpose of prostrating his party, after that election is over and the controversy has terminated?
It is evident that all who shall keep up this warfare for the purpose of dividing and destroying the pasty, have made up their minds to abandon the Democratic
organization for ever, and to join those for whose benefit they are now trying to distract our party, and elect Republicans in the place of Democratic nominees.
I submit the question to you whether I have been right or wrong in the course I have pursued in Congress.
And I submit, also, whether I have not redeemed in good faith every pledge I have made to you?
Then, my friends, the question recurs, whether I shall be sustained or rejected?
If you are of opinion that Mr.