your view destroys the whole matter, and places our President
where kings have always stood.”
In June the Whigs
met in national convention at Philadelphia
to nominate a candidate for President
attended as a delegate.
He advocated the nomination of Taylor
because of his belief that he could be elected, and was correspondingly averse to Clay
because of the latter's signal defeat in 1844.
In a letter from Washington
a few days after the convention he predicts the election of “Old rough.”
He says: “In my opinion we shall have a most overwhelming glorious triumph.
One unmistakable sign is that all the odds and ends are with us-Barn-burners, Native Americans
, Tylermen, disappointed office-seeking Locofocos, and the Lord
knows what not . . . Taylor
's nomination takes the Locos on the blind side.
It turns the war thunder against them.
The war is now to them the gallows of Haman
, which they built for us and on which they are doomed to be hanged themselves.”
Meanwhile, in spite of the hopeful view Lincoln
seemed to take of the prospect, things in his own district were in exceedingly bad repair.
I could not refrain from apprising him of the extensive defections from the party ranks, and the injury his course was doing him. My object in thus writing to him was not to threaten him. Lincoln
was not a man who could be successfully threatened; one had to approach him from a different direction.
I warned him of public disappointment over his course, and I earnestly desired to prevent him from