disadvantage was the report circulated by Cartwright
's friends with respect to Lincoln
's religious views.
He was charged with the grave offence of infidelity, and sentiments which he was reported to have expressed with reference to the inspiration of the Bible
were given the campaign varnish and passed from hand to hand.
His slighting allusion expressed in the address at the Presbyterian Church before the Washington Temperance Society
, February 2d, four years before, to the insincerity of the Christian
people was not forgotten.
It, too, played its part; but all these opposing circumstances were of no avail.
was personally very popular, but it was plain the people of the Springfield
district wanted no preacher to represent them in Congress.
They believed in an absolute separation of Church and State.
The election, therefore, of such a man as Cartwright
would not, to their way of thinking, tend to promote such a result.
I was enthusiastic and active in Lincoln
's interest myself.
The very thought of my associate's becoming a member of Congress was a great stimulus to my self-importance.
Many other friends in and around Springfield
were equally as vigilant, and, in the language of another, “long before the contest closed we snuffed approaching victory in the air.”
Our laborious efforts met with a suitable reward.
was elected by a majority of 1511 in the district, a larger vote than Clay
's two years before, which was only 914. In Sangamon county his majority was 690, and exceeded that of any of his predecessors on the Whig
ticket, commencing with