gratifying,” he says, “to me to learn that while the people of Sangamon
have cast me off, my old friends of Menard
, who have known me longest and best, stick to me. It would astonish if not amuse the older citizens to learn that I (a strange, friendless, uneducated, penniless boy, working on a flat-boat at ten dollars per month) have been put down here as the candidate of pride, wealth, and aristocratic family distinction.
Yet so, chiefly, it was. There was, too, the strangest combination of church influence against me. Baker
is a Campbellite, and therefore as I suppose, with few exceptions, got all that church.
My wife has some relations in the Presbyterian churches
and some with the Episcopalian churches
, and therefore, wherever it would tell, I was set down as either the one or the other, while it was everywhere contended that no Christian ought to go for me, because I belonged to no church, was suspected of being a deist, and had talked about fighting a duel.
With all these things Baker
, of course, had nothing to do; nor do I complain of them.
As to his own church going for him I think that was right enough; and as to the influences I have spoken of in the other, though they were very strong, it would be grossly untrue and unjust to charge that they acted upon them in a body, or were very near so. I only mean that those influences levied a tax of considerable per cent.
and throughout the religious controversy.”
To a proposition offering to instruct the Menard delegation for him he replies: “You say you shall instruct your delegates for me unless ”