seemed to find such favorable lodgment with the party workers, and his popularity seemed so apparent, that Logan
soon realized his own want of strength and abandoned the field to his late law partner.
The convention which nominated Lincoln
met at Petersburg
May 1, 1846.
, who, in violation of what was then regarded as precedent, had been seeking the nomination, had courteously withdrawn.
, ambitious to secure the honor next time for himself, with apparent generosity presented Lincoln
's name to the convention, and there being no other candidate he was chosen unanimously.
The reader need not be told whom the Democrats placed in the field against him. It was Peter Cartwright
, the famous Methodist divine and circuit rider.
An energetic canvass of three months followed, during which Lincoln
kept his forces well in hand.
He was active and alert, speaking everywhere, and abandoning his share of business in the law office entirely.
He had a formidable competitor in Cartwright
, who not only had an extensive following by reason of his church influence, but rallied many more supporters around his standard by his pronounced Jacksonian attitude.
He had come into Illinois
with the early immigrants from Kentucky
, and had at one time or another preached to almost every Methodist congregation between Springfield
He had extensive family connections all over the district, was almost twenty-five years older than Lincoln
, and in every respect a dangerous antagonist.
Another thing which operated much to Lincoln