and valueless in the tobacco regions of Virginia
; the laws which would suit the manufacturing districts of New England
, would be totally unsuited to the planting regions of the Carolinas, of Georgia
, and of Louisiana
,. Each State is supposed to have interests separate and distinct from each and every other, and hence must have laws different from each and every other State, in order that its laws shall be adapted to the condition and necessities of the people.
Hence I insist that our institutions rest on the theory that there shall be dissimilarity and variety in the local laws and institutions of the different States instead of all being uniform; and you find, my friends, that Mr. Lincoln
and myself differ radically and totally on the fundamental principles of this Government.
He goes for consolidation, for uniformity in our local institutions, for blotting out State rights and State sovereignty, and consolidating all the power in the Federal Government
, for converting these thirty-two sovereign States into one Empire, and making uniformity throughout the length and breadth of the land.
On the other hand, I go for maintaining the authority of the Federal Government
within the limits marked out by the Constitution
, and then for maintaining and preserving the sovereignty of each and all of the States of the Union
, in order that each State may regulate and adopt its own local institutions in its own way, without interference from any power whatsoever.
Thus you find there is a distinct issue of principles-principles irreconcilable-between Mr. Lincoln
He goes for consolidation and uniformity in our Government.
I go for maintaining the confederation of the sovereign States under the Constitution
, as our fathers made it, leaving each State at liberty to manage its own affairs and own internal institutions.
makes another point upon me, and rests his whole case upon these two points.
His last point is, that he will wage a warfare upon the Supreme Court of the United States
because of the Dred Scott
He takes occasion, in his speech made before the Republican Convention, in my absence, to arraign me, not only for having expressed my acquiesence in that decision, but to charge me with being a conspirator with that court in devising that decision three years before Dred Scott
ever thought of commencing a suit for his freedom.
The object of his speech was to convey the idea to the people that the court could not be trusted, that the late President
could not be trusted, that the present one could not be trusted, and that Mr. Douglas
could not be trusted ; that they were all conspirators in bringing about that corrupt decision, to which Mr. Lincoln
is determined he will never yield a willing obedience.
He makes two points upon the Dred Scott
The first is that he objects to it because the court decided that negroes descended of slave parents are not citizens of the United States
; and secondly, because they have decided that the act of Congress, passed 8th of March, 1820, prohibiting slavery in all of the Territories
north of 36°30‘, was unconstitutional and void, and hence did not have effect in emancipating a slave brought into that Territory.
And he will not submit to that decision.
He says that he will not fight the Judges
or the United States
Marshals in order to liberate Dred Scott
, but that he will not respect that decision, as a rule of law binding on this country, in the future.
Because, he says, it is unjust.
How is he going to remedy it?
Why, he says he is going to reverse it. How?
He is going to take an appeal.
To whom is he going to appeal?
The Constitution of the United States
provides that the Supreme Court is the ultimate tribunal, the highest judicial tribunal on earth, and Mr. Lincoln
is going to appeal from that.
I know he appealed to the Republican
State Convention of Illinois
, and I believe that Convention reversed the decision, but I am not aware that they have yet carried it into effect.
How are they going to make that reversal effectual?
Why, Mr. Lincoln
tells us in his late Chicago
He explains it as clear as light.
He says to the people of Illinois
that if you elect him to the Senate he will introduce a bill to re-enact the law which the Court
[Shouts of laughter, and voices, “Spot
the law.” ] Yes, he is going to spot the law. The court pronounces that law, prohibiting