of these Republicans ; to remove the scales from their eyes, and to impart to them the light of democratic vision, so that they may be able to carry out the Constitution
of our country as our fathers made it. And if by preaching our principles to the people we succeed in convincing the Republicans of the errors of their ways, and bring them over to us, are we bound to turn traitors to our principles, merely because they give them their support?
All I have to say is that I hope the Republican party will stand firm, in the future, by the vote they gave on the Crittenden-Montgomery
I hope we will find, in the resolutions of their County and Congressional Conventions, no declarations of “no more slave States to be admitted into this Union,” but in lieu of that declaration that we will find the principle that the people of every State and every Territory shall come into the Union
with slavery or without it, just as they please, without any interference on the part of Congress.
My friends, whilst I was at Washington
, engaged in this great battle for sound constitutional, principles, I find from the newspapers that the Republican party of this State assembled in this Capital, in State Convention, and not only nominated, as it was wise and proper for them to do, a man for my successor in the Senate, but laid down a platform, and their nominee made a speech, carefully written and prepared, and well delivered, which that Convention accepted as containing the Republican
I have no comment to make on that part of Mr. Lincoln
's speech, in which he represents me as forming a conspiracy with the Supreme Court, and with the late President
of the United States
and the present chief magistrate, having for my object the passage of the Nebraska
bill, the Dred Scott
decision and the extension of slavery — a scheme of political tricksters, composed of Chief Justice Taney
and his eight associates, two Presidents
of the United States
, and one Senator
If Mr. Lincoln
deems me a conspirator of that kind, all I have to say is that I do not think so badly of the President
of the United States
, and the Supreme Court of the United States
, the highest judicial tribunal on earth, as to believe that they were capable in their action and decision of entering into political intrigues for partisan purposes.
I therefore shall only notice those parts of Mr. Lincoln
's speech, in which he lays down his platform of principles, and tells you what he intends to do if he is elected to the Senate of the United States.
[An old gentleman here rose on the platform and said “Be particular now, Judge
, be particular.” ] Mr. Douglas
-My venerable friend here says that he will be gratified if I will be particular, and in order that I may be so, I will read the language of Mr. Lincoln
as reported by himself and published to the country.
lays down his main proposition in these words :
“ ‘A house divided against itself cannot stand.’
I believe this Union cannot endure permanently half free and half slave.
I do not expect the Union
will be dissolved, I do not expect the house to fall, but I do expect it to cease to be divided.
It will become all one thing or all the other.”
does not think this Union can continue to exist composed of half slave and half free States; they must all be free or all slave.
I do not doubt that this is Mr. Lincoln
's conscientious conviction.
I do not doubt that he thinks it is the highest duty of every patriotic citizen to preserve this glorious Union, and to adopt these measures as necessary to its preservation.
He tells you that the only mode to preserve the Union
is to make all the States free or all slave.
It must be the one or it must be the other.
Now that being essential, in his estimation, to the preservation of this glorious Union, how is he going to accomplish it?
He says that he wants to go to the Senate in order to carry out this favorite patriotic policy of his, of making all the States free, so that the house shall no longer be divided against itself.
When he gets to the Senate, by what means is he going to accomplish it?
By an act of Congress?
Will he contend that Congress has any power under the Constitution
to abolish slavery