Congress to make local laws and establish the domestic institutions and police regulations uniformly throughout the United States
Are you prepared for such a change in the institutions of your country?
Whenever you shall have blotted out the State
sovereignties, abolished the State Legislatures
, and consolidated all the power in the Federal Government
, you will have established a consolidated Empire as destructive to the liberties of the people and the rights of the citizen as that of Austria
; or Russia
, or any other despotism that rests upon the necks of the people.
How is it possible for Mr. Lincoln
to carry out his cherished principle of abolishing slavery everywhere or establishing it everywhere, except by the mode which I have pointed out-by an amendment to the Constitution
to the effect that I have suggested?
There is no other possible mode.
intends resorting to that, or else he means nothing by the great principle upon which he desires to he elected.
My friends, I trust that we will be able to get him to define what ho does mean by this Scriptural quotation that “A house divided against itself cannot, stand ;” that the Government
cannot endure permanently, half slave and half free ; that it must be all one thing or all the other.
Who among you expects to live, or have his children live, until slavery shall be established in Illinois
or abolished in South Carolina
Who expects to see that occur during the lifetime of ourselves or our children?
There is but one possible way in which slavery can be abolished, and that is by leaving a State, according to the principle of the Kansas
bill, perfectly free to form and regulate its institutions in its own way. That was the principle upon which this Republic was founded, and it is under the operation of that principle that we have been able to preserve the Union
thus far. Under its operations, slavery disappeared from New Hampshire
, from Rhode Island
, from Connecticut
, from New York, from New Jersey
, from Pennsylvania
, from six of the twelve original slaveholding States ; and this gradual system of emancipation went on quietly, peacefully and steadily, so long as we in the free States minded our own business, and left our neighbors alone.
But the moment the Abolition Societies
were organized throughout the North
, preaching a violent crusade against slavery in the Southern States
, this combination necessarily caused a counter-combination in the South
, and a sectional line was drawn which was a barrier to any further emancipation.
Bear in mind that emancipation has not taken place in any one State since the Freesoil party was organized as a political party in this country.
Emancipation went on gradually in State after State so long as the free States were content with managing their own affairs and leaving the South
perfectly free to do as they pleased; but the moment the North
said we are powerful enough to control you of the South
, the moment the North
proclaimed itself the determined master of the South
, that moment the South
combined to resist the attack, and thus sectional parties were formed and gradual emancipation ceased in all the Northern
And yet Mr. Lincoln
; in view of these historical facts, proposes to keep up this sectional agitation, band all the Northern States
together in one political party, elect a President by Northern votes alone, and then, of course, make a Cabinet composed of Northern men, and administer the Government
by Northern men only, denying all the Southern States
of this Union any participation in the administration of affairs whatsoever.
I submit to you, my fellow-citizens, whether such a line of policy is consistent with the peace and harmony of the country?
Can the Union
endure under such a system of policy?
He has taken his position in favor of sectional agitation and sectional warfare.
I have taken mine in favor of securing peace, harmony and good — will among all the States, by permitting each to mind its own business, and discountenancing any attempt at interference on the part of one State with the domestic concerns of the others.
makes another issue with me, and he wishes to confine the contest to these two issues.
I accept the other as readily as the one to which I have already referred.
The other issue is a crusade against the Supreme Court of the United States
, because of its decision in the Dred Scott
My fellow-citizens, I have no