I have been with you but little for the past few years on account of my official duties.
I intend to visit you again before the campaign is over.
I wish to speak to your whole people.
I wish them to pass judgment upon the correctness of my course, and the soundness of the principles which I have proclaimed.
If you do not approve my principles, I cannot ask your support.
If you believe that the election of Mr. Lincoln
would contribute more to preserve the harmony of the country, to perpetuate the Union
, and more to the prosperity and the honor and glory of the State
, then it is your duty to give him the preference.
If, on the contrary, you believe that I have been faithful to my trust, and that by sustaining me you will give greater strength and efficiency to the principles which I have expounded, I shall then be grateful for your support.
I renew my profound thanks for your attention.