although he knew full well how the whole thing had been carried through.
During the remainder of the State-Fair week, speeches were made by Lyman Trumbull
, Sidney Breese
, E. D. Taylor
, and John Calhoun
, none of which unfortunately have been preserved.
Among those who mingled in the crowd and listened to them was Owen Lovejoy
, a radical, fiery, brave, fanatical man, it may be, but one full of the virus of Abolitionism.
I had been thoroughly inoculated with the latter myself, and so had many others, who helped to swell the throng.
movement had kindled anew the old.zeal, and inspired us with renewed confidence to begin the crusade.
As many of us as could, assembled together to organize for the campaign before us. As soon therefore as Lincoln
finished his speech in the hall of the House of Representatives, Lovejoy
, moving forward from the crowd, announced a meeting in the same place that evening of all the friends of Freedom.
That of course meant the Abolitionists with whom I had been in conference all the day. Their plan had been to induce Mr. Lincoln
to speak for them at their meeting.
Strong as I was in the faith, yet I doubted the propriety of Lincoln
's taking any stand yet. As I viewed it, he was ambitious to climb to the United States Senate, and on grounds of policy it would not do for him to occupy at that time such advanced ground as we were taking.
On the other hand, it was equally as dangerous to refuse a speech for the Abolitionists.
I did not know how he felt on the subject, but on learning