And now, if the Judge
claims the benefit of this parable, let him repent
. Let him not come up here and say: “I am the only just person ; and you are the ninety-nine sinners!”
is a provision of the Christian
system, and on that condition alone will the Republicans grant his forgiveness.
How will he prove that we have ever occupied a different position in regard to the Lecompton Constitution
or any principle in it?
He says he did not make his opposition on the ground as to whether it was a free or slave Constitution, and he would have you understand that the Republicans made their opposition because it ultimately became a slave Constitution.
To make proof in favor of himself on this point, he reminds us that he opposed Lecompton
before the vote was taken declaring whether the State
was to be free or slave.
But he forgets to say that our Republican Senator
, made a speech against Lecompton
even before he did.
Why did he oppose it?
Partly, as he declares, because the members of the Convention
who framed it were not fairly elected by the people ; that the people were not allowed to vote unless they had been registered; and that the people of whole counties, in some instances, were not registered.
For these reasons he declares the Constitution
was not an emanation, in any true sense, from the people.
He also has an additional objection as to the mode of submitting the Constitution
back to the people.
But bearing on the question of whether the delegates were fairly elected, a speech of his, made something more than twelve months ago, from this stand, becomes important.
It was made a little while before the election of the delegates who made Lecompton
In that speech he declared there was every reason to hope and believe the election would be fair; and if any one failed to vote, it would be his own culpable fault.
I, a few days after, made a sort of answer to that speech.
In that answer, I made, substantially, the very argument with which he combatted his Lecompton
adversaries in the Senate last winter.
I pointed to the facts that the people could not vote without being registered, and that the time for registering had gone by. I commented on it as wonderful that Judge Douglas
could be ignorant of these facts, which every one else in the nation so well knew.
I now pass from popular sovereignty and Lecompton
I may have occasion to refer to one or both.
When he was preparing his plan of campaign, Napoleon-like, in New York, as appears by two speeches I have heard him deliver since his arrival in Illinois
, he gave special attention to a speech of mine, delivered here on the 16th of June last.
He says that he carefully read that speech.
He told us that.
a week ago last night, and he repeated it at Bloomington
Doubtless, he repeated it again to-clay, though I did not hear him. In the the two first places-Chicago and Bloomington
— I heard him ; to-day I did not. He said he had carefully examined that, speech ; when
he did not say; but there is no reasonable doubt it was when he was in New York preparing his plan of campaign.
I am glad he did read it carefully.
He says it was evidently prepared with great care.
I freely admit it was prepared with care.
I claim not to be more free from errors than others-perhaps.
scarcely so much; but I was very careful not to put anything in that speech as a matter of fact, or make any inferences which did not appear to me to be true, and fully warrantable.
If I had made any mistake I was willing to be corrected; if I had drawn any inference in regard to Judge Douglas
, or any one else, which was not warranted, I was fully prepared to modify it as soon as discovered.
I planted myself upon the truth and the truth only, so far as I knew it, or could be brought to know it.
Having made that speech with the most kindly feelings toward Judge Douglas
, as manifested therein, I was gratified when I found that be had carefully examined it, and had detected no error of fact, nor any inference against him, nor any misrepresentations, of which he thought fit to complain.
In neither of the two speeches I have mentioned, did he make any such complaint.
I will thank any one who, will inform