I returned an emphatic “No.”
“Then,” exclaimed the startled and indignant Stuart
, “you have ruined him.”
But I was by no means alarmed at what others deemed inconsiderate and hasty action.
I thought I understood Lincoln
thoroughly, but in order to vindicate myself if assailed I immediately sat down, after Stuart
had rushed out of the office, and wrote Lincoln
, who was then in Tazewell County
attending court, a brief account of what I had done and how much stir it was creating in the ranks of his conservative friends.
If he approved or disapproved my course I asked him to write or telegraph me at once.
In a brief time came his answer: “All right; go ahead.
Will meet you-radicals and all.”
subsided, and the conservative spirits who hovered around Springfield
no longer held control of the political fortunes of Abraham Lincoln
The Republican party came into existence in Illinois
as a party at Bloomington
, May 29, 1856.
The State convention of all opponents of anti-Nebraska
legislation, referred to in a foregoing paragraph, had been set for that day. Judd
, and Davis
were there; so also was Lovejoy
, who, like Otis
of colonial fame, was a flame of fire.
The firm of Lincoln
was represented by both members.
The gallant William H. Bissell
, who had ridden at the head of the Second Illinois Regiment at the battle of Buena Vista
in the Mexican
war, was nominated as governor.
The convention adopted a platform ringing with strong anti-Nebraska
sentiments, and then and